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‘Engaging’ Stories
‘Engaging’ stories

This chapter focuses its attention on stories which are purposefully designed to ‘engage’ children, both at a motivational and active level. As OFSTED (2003: 19) favourably acknowledge the ‘intense … engage[ment]’ of children at ‘all levels of attainment’ in observed writing activities, this chapter serves to offer a range of story Ideas whose principal aim is to absorb, engross and captivate children across the 3–11 age range.

The first half of the chapter uses ‘parties’ as the engaging theme to link the first five Ideas together. As most children like parties, Party stories are offered by way of including story writing into the ‘party mix’ by making the stories that children write an integral feature of the party provisions! For example, a popular ...

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