‘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.
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 ...