Developing Literacy and Creative Writing through Storymaking: Story Strands for 7-12 year olds: Story Strands for 7-12 year olds by Steve BowkettDeveloping Literacy and Creative Writing through Storymaking: Story Strands for 7-12 year olds: Story Strands for 7-12 year olds by Steve Bowkett

Developing Literacy and Creative Writing through Storymaking: Story Strands for 7-12 year olds…

bySteve Bowkett

Paperback | June 16, 2010

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This exciting practical resource is full of immediately usable activities to help children develop their literacy skills and creative writing abilities.

The 'story strand' technique begins with one simple picture and by adding others to form a sequence, shows children how to build narrative in an enjoyable, creative and systematic way. Story strand activities help children weave their thoughts into a coherent pattern and so become more skilful writers.

The activities are sequenced to increase the creative and intellectual demands on pupils, and can also be used individually to highlight different aspects of the writing process such as:

  • Exploring the varied meanings of certain words through association webs
  • Moving from simple to more complex sentences
  • Learning how to enrich writing using strong, vivid adjectives, verbs and adverbs
  • Understanding how to use connectives more insightfully to give narrative a greater logical consistency
  • Creating narrative refinements such as subplots, flashbacks and 'cliffhangers' out of basic plot sequencesA 'thinking skills' agenda underpins each story strand game, and many promote speaking and listening skills by encouraging discussion and collaborative exploration of the images.

    Supported by a companion website that includes downloadable images from the book, colour images and worked examples for the 'story string idea', additional activities and games, as well as links to the National Curriculum.

Steve Bowkett is an independent education adviser and runs storytelling sessions, creative writing workshops and INSET training days for teachers.
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Title:Developing Literacy and Creative Writing through Storymaking: Story Strands for 7-12 year olds…Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 11.73 × 8.31 × 0.39 inPublished:June 16, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335241581

ISBN - 13:9780335241583

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Section 1: Getting Started
Picture Masking and Questioning
Brainstorming and Association Webs
Summarising and 'Seed Thoughts'
Contextualising and Interpreting
Sentence Building
Things Happen for Reasons
Precise Questioning
Movie Director
Zoom In
Shades of Colour

Section 2: Building Narrative
Prediction Strips
Connectives
Proverbs and Similes
Back Story
Story 'Ingredients'
Cliffhangers
The Neverending Story
The Narrative Template

Section 3: Enriching the Story
Parallel Story
Story Board Games
Sequels
Annotated Margins
Story Cards
The Detective Game
Settings
Comic Cuts
Character Creation

Section 4: Story Grids
Zig Zag Story Game
Grids and Basic Narrative Elements
Following the Question Trail
Making Grids
Grids and Topic Areas
Story Strings

Appendix: The Grids