- What is happening here?
- What was the girl doing before this? How do you know?
- Why are the ants angry?
- Did she fall over or get pulled over by the ants?
- What is she saying? What is she thinking? How is she feeling?
- Does anyone know that she’s there?
- What do you think is going to happen?
- Write a short narrative of this event. Try to create tension through your sentence and language choices. Choose what you want your reader to feel and check that you have achieved this by reading your writing to someone else. [Or, better still, comment it here and I’ll respond!]
- Slow writing challenge (to support with/extend the above task):
You can only write 9 sentences. You can use 2 long, 4 medium and 3 short sentences. Which order will you use them in? Experiment with the different sentence lengths and structures. Once you have written a piece that you’re proud of, explain your sentence choices and the effect you wanted them to have.
Find this challenge and examples here: Angry Ants Slow Writing.
Credit: Erik Johansson