Which story about Humpty Dumpty did you enjoy the most, the first or the second? Why?
Do you think authors plan before they write? What might an author plan?
What do you think would happen if an author didn’t plan the storyline or characters?
Ask the students to sit around the story writing station (created before the lesson). Explain to the students that, when it is story writing time, the writing station is there to help.
Ask the students to put on their imaginary ‘author’s hats’. Invite the students to discuss what they can see. Ask the students:
How do you think this display might help when you are writing a story?
Can you see something that will help you start a story?
Can you see something that will help you plan a story?
In small groups, pairs or individually, ask the students to write down some story ideas using the stimuli available at the writing station. Encourage the students to focus on the setting, characters and plot which could be developed from these ideas.
Encourage each group to share their story ideas with the class and list these as a mind map on the board.
Select a range of goals for the unit from the Goals – Writing (Lower) and discuss these with the students. Allow the students to ask questions about each goal and encourage them to suggest some simple success criteria for each. Display these goals in an obvious place in the classroom for the duration of the unit.
Encourage more confident students to discuss how they might use the story writing station.
The writing station can be overwhelming to less confident students. Allow them more time to explore and reiterate the purpose of the writing station to them.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities