Narratives are anchored in the specific. They involve characters moving through space and time. Our approach concentrates on giving kids a creative toolkit so they can own and develop their own creative writing. This makes it possible to achieve student centred learning.
Why teachers sometimes lack confidence teaching narrative
Exposition, orientation, rising action, complication, climax etc… Confused? If you are then imagine how your students feel. These concepts are useful for analysing narrative texts but as a way of generating narrative creativity in children, there’s a complete breakdown in communication.
Why we use modelling
When most students begin to learn narrative writing in primary school, they are usually at what Piaget termed The Concrete Operational Stage of Cognitive development. At this stage, children begin using inductive logic, which involves reasoning from specific information to a general principle. In other words, they can extrapolate from a story to general principles. This is one reason why modelling can work very well when teaching writing. However, students at this stage are yet to acquire the skills for deductive reasoning - which operates from general principles to the specific. And it’s this deductive direction that is currently being taught as a method of how to write.
Helping kids find their unique voice –
Our approach allows you to teach kids in bite-sized chunks. When they put these chunks together students can build on their skills in crafting narrative. They can achieve a way to create their own stories and share their knowledge with their peers. It provides scaffolding and techniques for students to be able to find their ways to express their own unique voice through effective narrative story telling.
Our approach allows you to teach kids in bite-sized chunks. When they put these chunks together students can build on their skills in crafting narrative.