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‘Pen-to-Paper’ Stories
‘Pen-to-paper’ stories

The focus of this initial chapter centres on the notion of getting children across the early years (3–5) and primary age phases (5–11) to actually put ‘pen to paper’. Whilst many teachers use different strategies to stimulate potential stories in children's minds (e.g. video footage, role play, speaking and listening opportunities, pictures and images, and music – see Wijaya and Tedjaatmadja, n.d.), it is important for children to be able to turn this ‘story potential’ into reality by making a record of their story, evidence of which is typically presented in written form but can also include drawings/illustrations and audio recordings.

This chapter presents a variety of Ideas to effectively motivate children into wanting to record their story in written form by focusing ...

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