Iron Age celts story writing
Spartapuss author Robin Price says:
I had a lot of fun researching the Celts whilst writing the third and fourth books in the Spartapuss series: Die Clawdius and Boudicat. Your class can write their own stories about the Celts (and Boudicca) using this ‘flash writing’ story-maker. Email email@example.com for more info on my assemblies and creative writing workshops.
You might also like to check out the website http://www.creativewritingclub.co.uk which features interactive versions of my writing frames.
For my free .pdf ‘7 Tips for teaching story writing’ email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Tips’ in the subject line.
The solution: Instructions
Armed with this simple writing frame you can move swiftly through the planning and get their ideas flowing 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.
Feedback on the assemblies and 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
‘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.