Identity Book Chapter One
“Lost time is never
found again.” Benjamin Franklin
Your time is precious. You have to come to
school from 7:30-2:35. Once that bell rings, the
time is yours. How do you fill your time? Show
your reader why these activities are important
to you and how they make you feel.
Or another way to think about this…
What would you do with your free time if you
knew you had just a little bit left? On what
would you place value?
• This is more than just writing about the
activities you enjoy. It is about showing WHY
you enjoy those activities, how they make
you feel, and why you value them.
• Focus on a main idea and provide details to back up
• Remember to describe in a way to make your writing
interesting and exciting.
• SHOW, don’t just tell. Paint a picture in your reader’s
mind. Where can you add details? What examples
should you include? Where can you use the five senses
to describe even more? How can you make your
feelings, emotions, and thoughts seem real?
1. Brainstorm your main idea; scrunch down
the point of your paper into one sentence.
2. Complete an Idea-Details T-Chart to help
you prepare to write your chapter.
3. Star the details you have brainstormed that
are worth showing.
4. Feel free to consult a peer on what he/she
anticipates as a reader.