Posted by: Danielle Crocker on 10/13/15

On 10/12/15, Mirna wrote:

> Hello fellow teachers,

>

> My name is Mirna and I am currently in my second year of

teaching Year 1 at an

> independent school in Sydney. I am always trying to find

new strategies and ways

> to improve how I teach in order to help students be

constantly challenged and

> motivated in the classroom.

>

> However I was wondering if anyone could share different

strategies or resources

> they use when teaching how to write a narrative?

>

> I usually model how to write a narrative however I find

that the students seem to

> be stuck on forming ideas and writing a detailed problem. I

try to suggest

> different problems etc. but would love to hear other ways

teachers get their

> students to write interesting narratives.

>

> Thank you in advance.

>

> Regards,

>

> Mirna

Hi Mirna,

I could suggest a photo stimulus for students related to what

ever the topic is. The use a hot potato strategy to generate

ideas.

1) Get students to look at a photo you have chosen for a

minute.

2) Give students 40 seconds to write as many words as

possible about the photo on a loose piece of paper.

3) Swap that piece of paper with another student - students

have 40 seconds again to write words on this piece of paper

only they cannot write words they have already written.

At this stage you might students some prompts to generate

thinking - is this about war or could it be skirmish or a

costume for a Halloween party.

3) students change papers 2 more times - if students are

coming up with the same ideas on the paper ask them to rule

to it off and come up with other ideas.

4) Students then take back their original paper.

5) students them come up with two scenarios they could write

about. They then have 90 seconds to share these two ideas

with a buddy. The buddy must remain quite for the whole time.

6) the buddy then has 30 seconds to share what they liked and

build on the story.

7) swap over and then the other person shares their ideas.

I've found it generates some interesting thinking. Some

examples of ideas generated where:

- person has received a love letter

- solider has just killed what he thought was an enemy then

when he went to search the body he found a letter which

proved he was an innocent civilian.

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