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.
I could suggest a photo stimulus for students related to what
ever the topic is. The use a hot potato strategy to generate
1) Get students to look at a photo you have chosen for a
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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