Book: @Storycraft6 by @VESPAmindset & @MayhewJ via @CrownHousePub

Published by Crown House Publishing

Storycraft How To Teach Narrative Writing

£16.99*
9.4

Content

10.0/10

Accessible

9.5/10

Authority

9.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pedagogical

10.0/10

Pros

  • 51 brilliant and inspiring creative writing activities that can support pupils to develop their skills.
  • Resources shared throughout supporting each stage of the writing process.
  • There really is something for everyone in this book - even for those colleagues tasked to teach writing on a wet Friday afternoon session.
  • The positive narrative throughout the book is enough to inspire teachers in supporting to develop the writing skills of all their students.
  • The book ultimately concludes with activities and support for students preparing for end-of-school exams, with strategies to support them to positively perform.

Review and ratings independently compiled by Colin HillSupported by Crown House Publishing

Unlocking imaginations and encouraging students to be creative in their story writing process can seem like an excruciating aspect of encouraging young people to write a fictional masterpiece. With many aspects of the story writing process now embedded within the assessment culture, there is little wonder that there appears to be little appetite to explore beyond what is expected within exams and test. Fortunately, there are many teachers across the land who understand the nature of being able to create a work of fiction, and the enjoyment that can behold the world of story craft.

Bringing enjoyment into the art of narrative writing is the aim of the book by Martin Griffin and Jon Mayhew who, between them, want to encourage students to put words and ideas on paper as regularly and confidently as possible. Divided into seven main sections, the book takes the reader on a journey of creativity, crafting and FORGE-ing strategies that can generate micro-ideas as seeds for great stories. And FORGE-ing is necessary, as the process is continuous and abundance is key.

In the ‘Manifesto for a creative classroom’, the authors clearly show steps that can be easily taken to adjust to support the crafting process and the first of 51 inspiring activities shared not only develop the creative writing process but also help students and teachers feel more inspired.

So, where do you begin with all that inspiration? Fortunately, this book is packed with great classroom ideas and activities that can support the creative thinking required to inspire writing. The ‘Cycle Courier Challenge‘ is inspired; the ‘Hearts and clubs‘ activity provides a great writing impetus, and; ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?‘ allows young people to enter moral dilemmas that can be very relevant to their worlds.

Taking these nuggets into worked pieces of imaginative, creative and effective writing demands attention to the characters alongside the settings, with additional attention to the crafting of shape and structure. Each step of the writing process is supported, and the book concludes with the realties of editing and preparing for the dreaded exams and assessments that are among the concluding acts of the secondary school experience.  But with wise words of comfort and wisdom, the authors even make this stage a less onerous aspect of the writing process, hopefully allowing individuals to bravely continue developing an enjoyment of writing, creating and inspiring.

This book is aimed at secondary school teachers.

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