This short post is the writers’ toolkit that’s been developed for a unit of work on writing suspensefully. The intended effect of this type of writing is to make the reader think that something terrible is going to happen. The aspects of the toolkit are the ways in which other writers have achieved that effect, and these were found by children using different texts, but rephrased by me:
In order for children to write suspensefully, one of the strategies I’ll use is to get them to internalise this knowledge by practising recalling what it is that effective writers do. I selected sentences from the texts that they analysed to use as cues:
Frequent, spaced out practice of recalling this writerly knowledge will prime them to make deliberate decisions when they write. They have also saved and innovated ideas from other texts so that at the point of writing, they have much to draw upon.