Lesson idea: Get your class to write a ‘Choose your own adventure’ story…

Have you ever considered getting your class to write a ‘Choose your own adventure’ story? This type of story was very popular in past times. Basically it is a story that has different endings based on decisions that were made. The reader can choose the ending they like the best. Writing a story like this encourages students to think ‘What if’ about situations, and they are made aware of the realization that most decisions have consequences.  The definition of a ‘Choose...

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‘South Africa Library Week’ – another great creative writing guest post from @apeters522 from Parklands College

This is another guest post from Anthony Peters @apeters522 who is a very innovative English High School teacher from Parklands College in CapeTown who delights in using technology in the classroom creatively. We are always delighted to publish posts by Anthony. You can view all his previous posts on our blog via the Anthony Peters label under ‘Quick links’ on the right side.  Grade 7 enjoyed a whole programme with a spectrum of activities for South Africa’s Library Week. The foci of thes...

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Use Microsoft Word in a fun way with younger students

Submitted by Fiona Beal Often, after a holiday break, teachers want to get their students writing about their holiday. A really fun way to do this is to get them to write their report back in Microsoft Word using a selected template. I discovered a great template for this in the fabulous Oakdome site.The template is in the form of a cell phone! I tried this out on a Grade 4 class and they loved the experience! The writing task “Describe, in around 200 words or less, one or two events from your su...

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Digital Storytelling #4: Finding inspiration to get your class writing – story starter ideas

Submitted by Fiona Beal This post could be a useful one with ideas for you to use with your students to to help them find inspiration for writing! It is a collection of story starter sites on the Internet that could help to get those creative juices flowing.   They are also useful for getting the reluctant writer going. Nowadays with all the wonderful free applications available on the web a teacher doesn’t have to stress about this any more. There’s an abundance of ideas ‘out there&#...

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Using PowerPoint creatively to teach an activity on adjectives and descriptive writing to a Grade 3 class

Mrs Truett’s Third Grade Submitted by Fiona Beal Earlier this term, whist researching on the Internet, I cam across two posts on adjectives that fascinated me. The first was a post in a Grade 3 blog (Mrs Truter’s Third Grade) showing two photos of an activity on Adjectives  http://goo.gl/2BtmFo (see one of the photos on the right). The second post was a video on the use of adjectives in descriptive writing found at http://goo.gl/OmZ77H  This gave me the idea of doing ...

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Digital Storytelling #1: 10 useful web-based sites for publishing student writing online

Submitted by Fiona Beal A very popular global outlook today is that instead of keeping your students’ writing confined to exercise books in the classroom it’s a good idea to let them use free web based tools to make the most beautiful online creations. This keeps students engaged and give them a sense of achievement as they can easily share their work with their families and friends. Studies have shown that publishing student work beyond the classroom encourages authentically engaged students who...

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Creative Writing #13: An African Storybook Project Report back from Stirling Primary in East London

Here is another class hard at work creating stories for the African Storybook Project.  I have written about the African Storybook Project in a number of posts. The website is hopefully going live in July with stories written by South Africa teachers. If you would like your class to write stories suitable for Grade 3 students across Africa to read, please submit them by 21 June and use the guidelines found in this post. There’s still time to submit a story suitable for a Grade 3 reader for the Afr...

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Creative Writing #9: How are teachers going about writing stories with their classes for the African Storybook Project? Here is one example from Laerskool Heledekruin…

We have just completed our online course on Digital Storytelling and now we are waiting for stories suitable for Grade 3 readers around Africa to be submitted from teachers and schools in South Africa by June 21st. It is planned that these stories will be displayed on the African Storybook Project website when it is launched in July.  SchoolNet was thrilled when we were invited to view a lesson presented by one of the teachers who participated in the course and I thought I would write a blogpost ...

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30 days of writing ideas #3: A request to share a true story based on Internet-sharing from Alan Levine

Submitted by Fiona Beal _______________________________________ If you are a South African teacher reading this we would like to tell you about a writing opportunity and a free online writing course that is coming up with SchoolNetSA  as part of the amazing African Storybook project and website that is being developed for Africa. Our 30 days of writing posts will lead up to giving more information about this. WATCH THIS SPACE! __________________________________________________________ Alan Levine is...

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30 Days of writing #2: Get your students writing for 60 seconds with oneword.com

Submitted by Fiona Beal _____________________________________________ If you are a South African teacher reading this we would like to tell you about a writing opportunity and a free online writing course that is coming up with SchoolNetSA  as part of the amazing African Storybook project and website that is being developed for Africa. Our 30 days of writing posts will lead up to giving more information about this. WATCH THIS SPACE! __________________________________________________________ More a...

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