Animal Stories

Why do this project?

Animals have always been popular as characters in picture books for small children, and are much loved in the media programmes aimed at today’s young audiences. They have a huge emotional appeal for children: they can be endearing, they can be funny and they can be vulnerable. They can be given human qualities, making it easy to identify with them and feel that they are friends. So it is no surprise that young writers will want to make animal picture books themselves. Hence this project.

We recommend inviting children to create a series of picture books which follow a format of Lucy The Lonely Cat or Craig The Flying Crocodile. This is an easy way for children to identify their character and their predicament whilst still giving them enough scope to develop their own story.

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 15 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ You also receive our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 2 exemplar texts
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Finally, we also provide you with our guide to teaching writing to help you get started.


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