Why do this project?
This project offers you and your class a new and refreshing perspective on the usual ‘recount’ or ‘newspaper’ writing assignment, when, for example, children are asked to write about their visit to the farm or the local museum, and you inevitably end up with thirty very similar pieces.
The idea here is that you invite the children to write about something they’ve seen, noticed or experienced recently – the kind of thing that they are so often bursting to share with you and everyone when they come into school in the morning. Alternatively, they can simply write about something they are interested in and want to ‘get off their chest’. You can then collect all the pieces and make a class magazine, which you can read aloud time and again to the children and place in the class library for everyone to read whenever they like.
What a great thing to do – to give children access to a class collection of different pieces which tell about all the various happenings, big or small, in their lives.
Incidentally, there are now quite a few magazines on the market aimed at children from as young as three to seven years old. For example: Dot, Chirp and Okido. They should have a place in your class library too and can act as great mentor texts.
This class writing project provides you with:
+ Comprehensive teacher notes:
- Over 20 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 mentor texts
- Revision checklist
- Editing checklist
+ Finally, we also provide you with our guide to teaching writing to help you get started.