‘This is a fantastic book which provides creative and practical suggestions of how to engage all children in writing’
- Sarah Martin-Denham, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Sunderland
This book is a practical guide designed to stimulate story writing in the early years and primary classroom. It offers a collection of novel and effective Ideas which can be used by educators to energise, excite and motivate children to willingly write stories across the 3–11 age phase.
Each chapter offers creative and innovative Ideas to get children writing stories, including:
how to help children ‘see the point’ of story writing; how speaking and listening, reading and phonics can be utilised to enhance written stories; how technology can facilitate refreshing story writing; how story writing can be physically interactive.
By combining theory with practice, this book is ideal for those training to teach the 3 to 11 age range, those beginning their teaching career, and those who are established in their professional role.
Simon Brownhill is Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge.
Chapter 10: ‘Random’ Stories
This final chapter offers the reader a random collection of Ideas which are designed to energise and stimulate children's story writing across the 3–11 age range. Varied in their nature and purpose, these Ideas serve as an interesting set of suggestions for teachers to dip into, offering them to children as either one-off story writing opportunities, Weekend Work tasks with parent/carer support, or special story writing assignments (for examples see http://tinyurl.com/cjcczy).
The first Idea in the chapter – Slice of life stories – uses a metaphorical knife to ‘cut out’ everyday events in characters' lives (real/imagined) in an attempt to help children (7–11) break the bounds of conventional narrative writing. Punctuation stories is an Idea that was developed in response to the writing ...