Egyptian story writing
Author Robin Price writes:
I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Egypt and I loved researching my fifth Spartapuss book – Cleocatra’s Kushion
There are some great possibilities for story writing set in ancient Egypt – you’ve got pyramids and mummies, Pharaohs and battles, crocodiles on the Nile and the Book of the Dead. And that’s just for starters! If you want to write your own Egyptian Age story, the ‘flash writing’ story maker on this page will speed you through the planning part and help you get going. (Teachers: see the instructions below the story maker for tips on how to use it in class). If you’d like to write a story about the Vikings, the Romans or the Stone Age – click on one of the historical periods in the right hand navigation.
When I’m not writing books I lead history workshops for primary and secondary schools and I’ve run workshops for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and the Young Archaeologists society. I sometimes also visit international schools with Author’s Abroad.
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ABOUT MY BOOKS
If you’re not familiar with Spartapuss – it’s set in a world ruled by cats! There are two series: The Olympuss Games is suitable for children aged 6-8 years old. There are three books in the series: Son of Spartapuss, Eye of the Cyclaw and Maze of the Minopaw. Anyone over 9 years old (including grown ups) might prefer the original Spartapuss series – and Cleocatra’s Kushion is the fifth of the series (but you can read them in any order). If you want to find out more, check out my profile on Lovereading.co.uk’s author profile page
With a simple writing frame (like the one above), you can get their ideas onto paper.
I often do one example first on the board as a ‘demo’ getting them to vote on options.
1. Put the class into pairs. Give them the writing frame to each pair. Get them to pick one option each.
2. Tell them to write from the most exciting part of the story.
3. Tell them to write the story one sentence each. (Make sure you give them one sheet of A4 between two writers.)
After 5-10 minutes of planning you’ll get everyone writing (in pairs). Within an hour the class should be ready to share out their stories.
Interactive versions of my writing materials are available at the Creative Writing Club website.
Seven Tips for Story Writing
For my free .pdf ‘7 Tips for teaching story writing’ please email email@example.com with ‘Tips’ in the subject line.
Feedback on the workshops
Robin’s “Spartapuss” assembly was a fantastic combination of Roman facts, story telling and knockabout comedy, that, whilst entertaining the whole school, also cunningly prepared the ground for their own Roman story writing. It’s great to see that children have really been motivated to write for themselves and to read his books. ” Richard Smith, Deputy Head Trafalgar Junior School (April, 2011)
‘Robin has worked very hard giving us a lot of value for money on creating the workshops and on the behind the scenes thinking to bring the project to a head. Robin has been both creative and reliable and has thought through every step of the project. He is professional in all he does and works very well with children and adults alike.’
Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon.