In a previous post, I talked about using exact color words in writing workshop. Do you have students who are mystery readers? I was such a reader, gobbling up every Nancy drew and Bobbsey Twins book that came my way. Many of our students probably would like to try writing a mystery. Here are some other ways to use your color list as an exercise to plan a piece of mystery writing or to provide more choices for possible notebook entries.
- If you were writing a mystery in which someone had stolen a valuable antique necklace,
- What color(s) would the jewels be?
- What color green would you make it?
- Would you make the chain banana yellow? Why or why not?
- What color is the jewelry case?
- List three things that might be called banana yellow (other than the obvious choice!).
- If the hero or heroine of your story had green eyes, which green would you use?
- What color would his or her hair be?
- Describe the scene where the stolen necklace was found? What color(s) is the room? Ceiling? Furniture? Or if you are outside, describe the sky. Parking lot, buildings with color words.
- Describe the thief’s clothing with color and texture words – even brand names.
- Look for descriptions of famous sleuths in books and comic books such as Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey twins, the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Dick Tracy, Mrs. North, Lew Archer, Pierre Chambrun, Flash Casey, Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Clouseau, Batman, and the Shadow. Use colors in your character snapshots.
- Try writing a parody of a heroic description, using any colors you wish. For example, it is one thing to say a woman’s teeth are as white as pearls. It is quite another thing to say her teeth are as white as antique ivory or faded linen sheets!
Have some fun!
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