Today I used books by Australian authors, Nova Weetman, Penny Tangey and Felice Arena (as well as some of my own works) to demonstrate to Year 5 and 6 students that there are many different ways to end stories.
We talked about what story endings need to include in order to satisfy the reader.
We also discussed things to look for when revising your work, and the anthology that student’s stories will be going in.
It was great chatting about words and language and one of a writer’s most important tools, a thesaurus.
Students enjoyed using the thesaurus’ that I donated to the Year 4, 5 and 6 classrooms.
Sadly, these were my final classroom sessions for the project.
In the afternoon, I worked with the Editorial and Marketing committee, finalising the pieces they had written. These pieces will be published in the newsletter and on this blog.
The last part of the day was bittersweet, saying farewell to the beautiful Preps, Year 1 and Year 2 students at Yarrawonga College P-12 and getting photos to be used in their anthologies.
I’ve had such an amazing time working with the respectful and enthusiastic students in Years P-8 and I’ll miss them and the incredibly supportive, friendly and dedicated teachers and other staff who have all been part of the Your Story is Our Story project.
I’ve learnt some great tips from the teaching staff and have been so inspired by the students.
I can’t wait to read all their amazing stories in the Year Level anthologies.
Thanks to Creative Victoria and Creative Learning Partnerships for making this program possible.