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Inquiry Question

How can I use different ways of engaging with texts?
How do authors plan their stories?
How do authors bring their characters to life?

Resources

Reading Rockets

These activities have been developed by national reading experts for you to use with children, ages birth to Grade 6. The activities are meant to be used in addition to reading with children every day. 

Link: 25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun 

Oxford OWL: Help your child learn

Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make their language sparkle, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.  Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky.  Here are four fun activities to spark your child’s imagination and help them generate some great story ideas. 

Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky.  Here are four fun activities to spark your child’s imagination and help them generate some great story ideas. 

Link: 4 tips to inspire children’s creative writing 

Every story needs a star. From famous footballers to pet hamsters to superheroes, unforgettable characters make stories come to life. These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists.  

Link: 4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story 

Great stories have page-turning plots that keep readers glued to their seats to find out what happens next. These activities will help your child turn their brilliant ideas into a fantastic story with a beginning, middle, and end, and maybe a twist or two along the way as well.  

Link: 4 top tips for writing great plots 

Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make their language sparkle, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.  

Link: How to find the perfect words for your story 

Chapter Books

Watch professional storytellers read some of our favourite chapter books from Read with Oxford and Story Sparks.  

Link: Storyteller Videos - Chapter Books

Personal Narrative Writing Unit

This Personal Narrative Writing Unit, using ‘Shortcut’ by Donald Crews as a Mentor Text was written by Janiel Wagstaff and can easily be adapted for different year levels and to meet Australian Curriculum Standards.   

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Link: Personal Narrative Writing Unit