If you have ever read to a child and asked questions exploring the plot, character, drawings and how well they liked the story you will know of the magic moments shared by you both and the benefits of having those moments.
For those children who don't get read to at home on a regular basis this scheme goes some way to filling in that gap. Watching 13 and 14 year old children questioning and telling stories and questioning again reminds me very much of Debbie reading to our two daughters. That magic is still there between the reader and the whole class of children.
I really hope we can roll this out to other schools.
My aim in these workshops is to make it easier for children to understand how to write a story. So D J Cattrell is not just about books but about giving kids practical easy structures to understand all aspects of stories and how important they are in life from newspaper articles to Greek Myths around television programmes and over the hill of history. Stories are what we are, how we remember our world and how we make sense of it.
Wednesday 17th August 2016