Lessons on Writing
The Ninja’s Sword
When I was a teacher, I encouraged my students to improve their writing by acting out what they were writing.
If a ninja swings a sword, what does it sound like? I once asked a student.
He still struggled with finding the right words.
We then pretended to be ninjas. He used different sound effects while pretending to swing a sword.
After acting it out, he wrote down, “The sword sliced the air like a sizzle of bacon on a frying pan.”
This was one of those moments when I felt like I won the lottery when I was a teacher.
When I was younger I loved pancakes. Excuse me, I loved MAPLE SYRUP. Pancakes were a way to get as much maple syrup on my plate, my hands, and my face.
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