Maintaining Interest

Blaine Ray says that using interesting details keeps students’ attention. We all know this – the question is, how do we do it? Blaine suggests using things like Facebook, Craigslist and eBay in stories. He also says that specificity is key, so try to describe characters and their situations in┬ádetail. For example, instead of just saying a character in a story is “poor”, decide how much money exactly the character has – $0.03 or $3 million? Or if a student in the story smells like a hippo, find out why (because his roommate is a hippo). Dramatizing and making students feel good about themselves will also help you to hold their attention.