Hi Kids! If you've completed all of your Writer's Workshop activities up to #5.5, you must have at least one (or even maybe two or more) really good realistic fiction series books to share with us! Keep up that great writing! Here are some tips on how to write series books: * Use the same pretend characters for all of your books. * Start a new day or night in each story. * Have things happen in the same place (like the same house, park or city) * Include the same friend, pet, brother or sister. Some minor/side characters should remain the same. * Write different adventures. * Have trouble repeat sometimes. It's kind of fun when your main character gets into similar problems in each book. -Kind of like how Curious George almost always gets lost and causes a problem. -Or like in Pokemon, Team Rocket almost always tries to steal a Pokemon. -Gerald and Piggie always get sad for some reason but end up happy. -Pig the Pug always gets hurt after doing something rude to Trevor. -Pidgeon always needs to be kept out of trouble. Today I want you to focus on that last part about trouble repeating. Keep writing your realistic fiction books and see if your next one or next two have similar problems for the main character to get into. I wonder what kind of problem pattern your series books will have. Use the video or camera tool to share with us something you’re doing well in your series writing so far, or you can read us your whole book you’ve written!
Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop unit 4 session 6 mid workshop teaching - page 54