HOW TO USE MOOD IN WRITING
- Encourage your student to write about a "small moment in time" when they felt a strong feeling during an experience (1st time adventure).
- Help your student set the mood (feelings the reader has about the writing) by listing how s/he felt during a self-selected experience. (List in the margins as a reminder of the moods you want to convey in your story)
- SHOW, don't Tell: Encourage your student to use words that help SHOW the feelings so the reader has to INFER what you felt (...my heart was pounding so hard like a hammer to a nail, that I felt like it would burst open any minute ...) We can INFER that I felt nervous without saying "I felt nervous."
- Use similes (comparing two things using "like" or "as") and metaphors (saying one thing IS -use form of be- another) to help SHOW your feelings
- SHIFT the MOOD: Use the same "small moment in time" and shift the mood to be opposite. Think about your previous actions and change them to be the shifted mood.