In my Word by Word Facebook group, we are working our way through the book called “Yes You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books” by Nancy I. Sanders.
We completed chapter 10, easy readers, last week. Easy readers target children in grades one-three. They are the readers that bridge the gap between the readers where children are learning to sound out words and the ones where they are reading independently.
One of the exercises Nancy suggests in chapter 10 is to post a picture of a place in a child’s world on your blog, and then ask people to comment about the setting. You can describe the setting or comment about what it means to you.
Setting does not need to be described or even mentioned in an easy reader. So why does Nancy suggest we do a setting exercise? Well for one thing, creating a memorable setting may be a way of getting children to read your story again and again. For another, often if you establish a setting before you write the story, you will get your creative ideas flowing.
So I thought it would be fun to do Nancy’s setting exercise. I am posting two pictures of a place I walk by almost every single morning. Let’s brainstorm and see if we can get any ideas for a story. And even if we all have the same information, we’ll have different stories.