‘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 3: ‘Being’ Stories
This third chapter focuses its attention on important beings in the lives of children who can stimulate their story writing in a variety of exciting ways. These beings are principally humans who play an important role in the care, development and education of the young; animals, in the form of pets, are also included in this chapter due their presence in the homes of many children (see Craighill, 2010).
The first half of this chapter centres on the immediate family, recognising the closest relatives in the family unit. Baby stories and Sibling stories consider the importance of brothers and sisters as specific audiences for children's story writing, encouraging authors to be mindful of babies' limited ‘attention spans’ and ‘life experiences’ (Peres, n.d.), and ...