‘Wow’ words are adventurous and exciting language that we can use to liven up our speech and writing. Focusing on building our ‘Wow’ words can help our comprehension and improve our written work.
Yesterday, we looked at how “the dress smelled” can be brought to life with some “wow” words and magically transformed into “the long, sparkly, strapless, black dress smelled like perfume” which we noted was much more interesting to read and imagine.
Today, we’re going to look at how we can add some more “wow” words to our writing
For the first activity, choose one of the following story starters and create a story:
1. A woman is jogging down the street with her black Labrador. You smile pleasantly at
her and continue down the road. The woman stops jogging and shouts a warning to you.
You can’t hear that well because of the traffic. You ask her to repeat it, what does
she tell you? Continue the story…
2.. Alone on the beach, the wind whips a little boy’s hair. He looks around but cannot find
his family. He is in a strange country/planet etc. He does not remember the last two
days. What’s happened to him? Where is his family? Why is he there?
3. The boat groans loudly. Everywhere passengers are running and yelling. You know you don’t have
much time but you need to find your friend. You look around but can only see panicked
people who are boarding the lifeboats. You don’t want to leave without her/him, but
you don’t want to stay on a sinking ship…
4. The man/woman started the engine. The purr of it eased his/her tense muscles. It had
been a long time since s/he was in a race car. S/He wondered if it would come back to
him/her. The man/woman eased the car into gear, and slowly pulled out of the parking
lot. Where is s/he going? What is s/he doing in a race car?
5. Pat and Sam have been best friends since they were sixteen. Two months ago they had
had a huge fight and haven’t talked since. What happened? Why haven’t they made up?
6. It is Xmas and everyone is sleeping. Suddenly, you hear the faint sound of sleigh bells
7. You open the dreaded gift from Aunt Bertha, expecting to find the usual useless gift.
You pull out a glowing ball of material you have never seen before. You inspect it for a
moment and then tuck it away in the corner with your other useless gifts. That night,
as you are drifting off to sleep, you hear a faint whirring sound coming from the
corner of your room…
8. When you were little, you could swear there was a monster under your bed–but no one
believed you. On the eve of your 30th birthday, you hear noises coming from under
your bed once again. The monster is back and has an important message to deliver to