‘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.

‘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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