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The Magic of Three: Techniques for the Writer's Craft
|Grades||4 – 8|
|Estimated Time||One 30-minute session|
There’s something about our English language that lends itself to threes. Putting words and ideas in a group of three can add rhythm and cadence to the sound of the language and add inspiration and passion to the message. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Not only was this a worthy sentiment, it was also a powerful rhetorical technique. A series of three parallel words, phrases, or clauses is known as a tricolon in literary parlance. In intermediate classrooms, we call it the Magic of Three. Tricolons are easy to read, easy to say, and easy to remember. See what I mean? In this lesson, students will learn how to apply this useful writing technique to make their writing more engaging, fluent, and rhythmical.
Rog, L.J. (2010). Marvelous minilessons for teaching intermediate writing, grades 4-6. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
This resource offers research on process writing and the writer's craft as well as a range of minilessons for helping students write with more clarity and style.
Rog, L.J., & Kropp, P. (2006). The write genre. Richmond Hill, ON: Pembroke.
This book contains a theoretical framework and practical teaching ideas for organizing a year's writing program around six key text forms: personal narrative, fictional narrative, informational report, opinion piece, poetry and procedure.