<img src="docs/squarebulletyellow.gif"> Children's Storywriting guides students through the process of reflecting about ideas, vocabulary and sentence constructions as they write. Students can paste in their writing and have it analysed for grammatical structures and style. A computer tool that helps children write more effective narratives. A web site aimed at native speakers, but appropriate for intermediate and higher levels ESL students as well. Non subscribers can only write a 'pirate story' on the free access site.
- Teachers (or parents) can print [an illustrated demonstration]url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/writinginstructions.pdf of how the interactive writing site works.
- Before writing students will need to [click on story writing tips first]url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/writingtips.htm and read Harry the Writing Wizard's advice on structure & techniques : (openings, characters, setting, events and ending) and grammar & style (sentences, words, punctuation). To remember everything they'll click on THINK! and Harry will help them to follow his writing recipe.
- When students are ready to start writing they [click on Harry]url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/pirate/welcome.asp.Non subscribers can only write a 'pirate story' on the free access site. Subscription gives access to [other story themes]url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/storyideas.htm.
- Instructions : To start with students will be asked for a name (or an alias) which is used to store their work, so they can come back and finish the story off on another day. The story is stored on Harry's computer. To ensure that it is 'you' returning to finish the work off, a cookie is placed on your computer with your name in it. Therefore, they will need cookies enabled and they'll need to use the same computer to finish their work off.Harry's story writing process has two stages: composition (with a blue background) and editing (with a green background). The story is written in sections. During composition you may move backwards and forwards rereading what you have written, but USE THE RED ARROWS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE and not the browser's back button.
- When students have finished editing, their story is transferred into a word processor on your own computer. They may then use checktext (Text analysis online) to evaluate the story.N.B. THE DATABASE IS RESET THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH! this means that they will lose their story on that Sunday. Writing must be finished by then.
- The Library of Stories offers example stories written by children. Non-registered users may also submit their stories for publication. Go to [The Library of Stories]url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/examplestories.asp. url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/examplestories.asp [Children's Storywriting Homepage]url:http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/index.htm. http://www.midlandit.co.uk/education/index.htm
- 1/ Start writing in the first week of the month so students have plenty of time to complete their stories. - 2/ The activity may be done as pairwork or even groupwork. - 3/ Copy and paste stories into a word processor so students' stories cannot be lost. - 4/ Stories may also be printed, illustrated and displayed in the classroom or the CDI for everybody else to enjoy!)
-1/ [Cora Taylor's Tips for young writers]url:http://members.shaw.ca/mystery3/cindex6.html. url:http://members.shaw.ca/mystery3/cindex6.html -2/ [Betsy Byars' Tips for young writers]url:http://www.betsybyars.com/writing.html. http://www.betsybyars.com/writing.html