‘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.

‘Boys'’ Stories

‘Boys'’ stories

The focus of this chapter centres on boys and writing, a ‘hot topic’ that has been of intense discussion and debate in educational arenas for many years. It is well documented through inspection reports (OFSTED, 2003; 2009), research findings (Holden, 2002; Francis, 2006) and media coverage (Shepherd, 2009) that standards in boys' writing are a cause for concern for many schools at a local, national and international level. This chapter is specifically designed to offer teachers a range of Ideas, practical strategies and approaches to challenge the assumption of boys' healthy idleness (Cohen, 1988) towards literacy, and effectively engage them in stimulating story writing with the intent of raising motivational levels and attainment.

Just for boys? It is important to note that the ...

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