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1 The Arrival What can we learn about writing from a graphic novel?

2 which one is this? Showing not telling… which one is this? Once there was a man called William Tell who was a famous marksman. One day an evil man called Gessler, who had heard of Tell’s skill with a crossbow, ordered him to shoot an apple off of his son’s head or he would have them both killed. William Tell shot the arrow off of his son’s head and so they weren’t executed.

3 Zooming Out 1 The shiny green apple was a perfect sphere. Two little beige leaves sprouted out of the top, next to a chocolate coloured stalk. Only one small maggot hole spoilt the perfection of the apple’s skin.

4 Zooming Out 2 The apple perched on top of a boy’s spiky brown hair. His face was covered in freckles, as if someone had spattered a paint brush all over it. His green eyes were staring straight ahead of him, wide open with fear and anticipation.

5 Zooming Out 3 About twenty paces in front of the boy stood an archer. He reached into his quiver and produced a long, sharply pointed arrow with a gleaming silver tip. He placed the groove at the feathered end of the arrow onto his bow string and pulled it sharply back until the bow was so curved it looked as if it might break.

6 Framing: Starts with a close up and then moves us gradually back, shot by shot Framing: Starts with a close up and then moves us gradually back, shot by shot. The shiny green apple was a perfect sphere. Two little beige leaves sprouted out of the top, next to a chocolate coloured stalk. Only one small maggot hole spoilt the perfection of the apple’s skin. The apple perched on top of a boy’s spiky brown hair. His face was covered in freckles, as if someone had spattered a paint brush all over it. His green eyes were staring straight ahead of him, wide open with fear and anticipation. About twenty paces in front of the boy stood an archer. He reached into his quiver and produced a long, sharply pointed arrow with a gleaming silver tip. He placed the groove at the feathered end of the arrow onto his bow string and pulled it sharply back until the bow was so curved it looked as if it might break.

7 Zooming Out Are there any more examples of ‘zooming out’ in Chapter II? minute writing task20-30 minute writing task: Try using the same technique in three stages for any one of the following: –The Titanic getting closer to the iceberg –A man/man and his family getting closer to Ellis Island –The build-up to an Olympic event –A pupil waiting to find out their exam results


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