My writing students are working on showing the seasons rather than telling about the seasons. It is a difficult distinction for beginning writers. This student shows a picture of autumn to the reader by carefully selecting words.
Air is crisp and cool.
Umbrellas twirl in the rain.
Tree leaves, multicolored, spin down to earth in the wind.
Under shelter of warm foliage, squirrels scamper.
Mice gather for the advent of winter flurries.
Nuts are scattered beneath tall trees.
-- Courtney Rupp, Grade 6
Writing From Other Cultural Perspectives Encourages Empathy and Understanding - In order to help readers imagine life in a different era or from different cultural perspectives, writers of historical fiction must do in-depth research...