Archive for January, 2009


Help your students venture into more interesting waters with a fun vocab activity, ‘Word Splash’.

Students will learn lots of new words to help them with their stories – and this activity is so easy.

All you do is divide your class into groups of about five students. For each group, write down a ‘secret’ word and put it in a paper bag.

Each group gets a different word, and they are not allowed to show the other groups what their word is.

On the paper bag, every member of the group writes a word that means the same thing as the ‘secret’ word inside the bag. A member of the group reads the word on the outside of the bag to the class.

All students who are not in that group (the rest of the class) must use these similes as clues to guess the ‘secret’ word that is inside the bag.

Have fun!


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I’m Dee and I’m a childrens’ and young adult author.

Welcome to my teachers writing helper blog. I’ve set this up to try and give you tips and new ideas to help inspire young writers in the classroom.

With the new school year about to start, you might be looking for something different to try. Rotating stories are always fun, and they’re great for teaching students about having  a beginning, middle and end in their stories. They’re also good for students who might find the idea of writing an entire story daunting.

Rotating stories work like this:

  1. Divide your class into groups of about three.
  2. Get each student in the group to write the beginning of a story – it could be a page. It could be more or less, depending on the student and their abilities. It doesn’t matter. The main thing is to get the story started.
  3. Each student then passes their story beginning to another person in the group.
  4. That student then writes the middle of the story. (If you have more or less than three students in a group, it doesn’t matter. It just means that the story might vary in length.)
  5. Each student then passes the beginning and middle part of the story to someone in the group who hasn’t had any involvement in writing it until now. It is up to that student to fnish off the story.
  6. The complete stories are then shared amongst the students – and can be read aloud.

The students love finding out how others have finished their stories off. Rotating stories are a great way to have fun in a group, and encourage students to consider that there is more than one direction to take a plot. It also helps them to think about how a story is made up.

Hope you have fun with these stories. I’d love to hear how they go.

Also, if you’re looking for some specific tips or ideas for your students, let me know, and I can cover these topics in my blog.

Until next time, happy writing!


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