‘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.
This chapter considers ways in which technology can be used to stimulate and support children's story writing. There are critics who argue that there is a difference between children ‘writing’ and ‘typing’, and that technology undermines children's writing skills (e.g. their ability to review their own work for spelling and grammatical errors) seeing as inbuilt checkers will do this for them at the click of a mouse or the touch of a button (see Cordes and Miller, 2000, cited in Van Scoter et al., 2001). Nevertheless, there is much evidence to suggest that technology in its many forms can be used to motivate, engage and develop/improve children's writing skills (see Kulik, 2003).
The first half of this chapter acknowledges select forms of technology, ...