How to Use Foreshadowing in Writing Stories

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Foreshadowing is a technique that helps writers give a hint of what comes next in a story. This tool is helpful for kids because they become more capable of telling the different chapters of their narrative in not only in a more creative manner, but in a manner in which they can share their emotions to their audiences as well.

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How to Use Foreshadowing in Writing Stories Kids are known to be prolific storytellers. As a parent for sure there are many instances when your child nags you to listen to their tales from how their day at school went to the new people they met and even how they spent their afternoon with your pet dog. You may want to capitalize on this natural trait of theirs as they can use this as an effective communication tool especially when they grow older. One impediment towards prolific storytelling is how to transition from one scene to another. Kids often tell stories in a fragmented manner where their thoughts are not properly stitched to form a consistent narrative. This may be because they still don’t know how to move from one scene to the next. Foreshadowing is a technique that helps writers give a hint of what comes next in a story. This tool is helpful for kids because they become more capable of telling the different chapters of their narrative in not only in a more creative manner but in a manner in which they can share their emotions to their audiences as well. Among the ways in which foreshadowing can be used in a story are: 1. Mention a future event earlier in a story. A good way to use foreshadowing in a story is by mentioning an event that is bound to happen. Kids may do this by inserting the event as a comment about a meeting between characters so that their readers would know that there are certain things to be discussed in the latter part of the narrative.

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For example: Tom and Jerry were having dinner that quiet evening. Suddenly a cool breeze started blowing and made a windy night. foreshadows a storm. 2. Using predictions. Another way to use foreshadowing to cite a hint of an upcoming event is by using predictions. In this regard your child may mention a context clue that leads to a dangerous event. Examples include: My mother lost her lucky charm. foreshadows bad luck Andy received good grades this semester. foreshadows optimism 3. Using objects to signify an upcoming event. There are objects that are used by writers as a means to portray events that are about to happen. These objects may incite certain emotions such as fear positivity or warning. For example: She was preparing for work when she accidentally found her old wallet that contained numerous paper bills. foreshadows good luck/optimism He was looking for his glasses in the drawer but instead he found a revolver. foreshadows warning

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4. A scene that tells something may happen again. Another way to do a foreshadow in a narrative is by hinting that something is already going on before the story has even started. For example: Lizzy reluctantly borrows a pen from Marie. Marie lends her a pen but as Lizzy turns her back to leave Marie silently smirks at her. foreshadows confrontation This scene already hints that there is something between Lizzy and Marie and later in the story they may confront each other again as they are not in good terms. Foreshadowing can be tricky to learn so it is recommended to read more literary pieces to see how it is used. Classics such as “Romeo and Juliet” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Winnie the Pooh” are good composition writing examples that make use of foreshadowing so you may want to go through these pieces to help your child learn more about this literary device.

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