Inquiry Question

How do writers think of ideas for their stories?
How do writers develop their characters?
How do writers choose words to make their writing interesting?


PBS Learning

Storytelling with words and pictures- Interactive website scaffolding children’s learning about storytelling and illustration.  

Link: Story Time with Lula

Oxford Owl: How to Write Your Best Story Ever

Children’s author Christopher Edge shares his top 10 tips to get children writing, whilst free activity sheets will help them discover their inner author.


Link: Stuck for Ideas

Link: Start your Story

Link: Creating Characters

Link: How to find the perfect words for your story

Link: Writing in Year 3


Actions taken to enable students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.  

Link: NCCD  


Provide a visual or oral overview of the main points of each lesson (e.g. video of teacher or ESO). This could be read/watched before each lesson to familiarise and orientate the student/s with the main points of the lesson as well as pre-teach any new vocabulary 

For example: 

Lesson One: 

Ira Marcks is an author. He also illustrates his stories.  

When Ira is thinking about a story he thinks about many ideas. 

Ideas in the story need to connect.   

There are stages in writing a story. 


 Lesson Two: 

Ira explains that there are parts or stages to writing a story. 

  1. Character:  who, people, animals, creatures? 

  1. Setting: where/when/time/place 

  1. Plot: the events that make up the story 

  1. Conflict a problem 

  1. Resolution: the solution to the problem 


Lesson Three: 

Read the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper together. 

Chunk the paragraphs for individual discussion. 

Use a grid to identify characters, setting, plot, problem, resolution. 

Highlight key words. 

Provide an example via modelling.