I tell the kids that chapter titles generally do one of two things:
- Give the reader a clue about the information in the chapter; or
- Make the reader curious about what the chapter is about
And that's okay - because:
- They still have a chance to think of something else during revision
- Even if they don't, they've accomplished one of the goals of chapter titles: to give the reader a clue about the information in the chapter
Worker Bees and Funeral Fees
School Days, Pool Days
Wedding Bells and Stinky Diapers
Pretty good, huh?
[Note: I work with kids a lot. I think it's important to remind them that they should never worry about writing something that isn't that great - or clever - or creative - or snappy - or lovely or perfect.
I like to remind them that the goal is to get your thoughts, ideas, or information onto the paper and not to worry one little bit if it's not super duper writing....because....it can be fixed later....
YOU CAN'T FIX WHAT YOU HAVEN'T WRITTEN.
I have witnessed firsthand the stress that this lifts off of many children when they approach their writing....permission to be just-okay - or permission to even be a little crappy.
I've been a little crappy more than a time or two myself.
Raise your hand if you've never been a little crappy.]