Your Story is Our Story – Junior Years Student Perspective

YEAR THREE PERSPECTIVE

By Laila Pardo, Year 6.

During the last few weeks we have been working with Australian author, Dee White, learning how authors create their stories.

The Yarrawonga College P-12 Editorial Committee interviewed students in the junior years and asked them about their experiences during the Your Story is Our Story Project.

We have gone around to a few classes interviewing year 3 students about their experience working with Dee. 

The first question I asked was what have you learnt?

Ava said she learnt how to write a proper story, and Sam learnt how to put proper language into his writing piece. The others also said they have learnt how to use their punctuation in the right way. 

All the students I spoke to would have liked it to have Dee come in a lot more. Some of the people I spoke to have said that Dee White has made a huge impact on them. They said that they have started to like writing more than they used to. 

Dee really likes to come in and help us with our writing piece. 

Personally, I think it was pretty fun to have a great author to help us with our own writing piece.

The Editorial Committee hard at work on their stories

YEAR TWO PERSPECTIVE

By Grace Foran, Year 6

Last week I interviewed some year 2’s about working with author, Dee White.

Dee White has been working with students from Prep up to Year 8. While interviewing the year 2’s I learnt about how much they have been enjoying working with Dee!

A little bit about Dee: Dee White has written many books including, Letters to Leonardo, Beyond Belief and the year 2’s favourite Eddy Popcorn! Dee has been coming here for a few weeks and has been working with the students on story writing.

I interviewed six kids and found very positive feedback! Most of the kids said that they loved working with Dee and that their stories are coming along well. 

The Year 2’s are writing a realistic fiction story based on an event they experienced themselves. The kids have been making their own puppets and using them as characters for their stories. A few lucky kids even got to hold the Eddy Popcorn puppet! 

A lot of kids have been loving being creative and all the kids I interviewed only had positive things to say about Dee and her visits!

Stella and Hunter have both said that they have learnt more about creating their own characters. Taylah said that the sessions with Dee helped her get more ideas and Layken said Dee gave him lots of tips to write his story.

Overall the year 2’s found the experience enjoyable and are very proud of their stories.

YEAR THREE PERSPECTIVE

By Ava Cox, Year 6

During the last few weeks of term we have invited Dee White to help us improve our writing and write a realistic fiction piece with us. 

While she has been at our school, students have had the opportunity to write, edit and illustrate with Dee.

On Tuesday, week 8 some of the students from the Editorial Committee went over and interviewed some of the junior grades. My friend and I went over to the year three’s to interview them, here are some responses.

All of the girls I spoke to are enjoying writing very much and love it when Dee comes. Right now the year threes are learning to plan and write a realistic fiction story based on the character they put on a milk carton they made. On their milk cartons they have put some pictures of missing people or animals. 

Everyone I spoke to has started to enjoy writing more now that Dee has come to visit. 

We are all very grateful that Dee has come to work with us, we can’t thank her enough. It will be great to have a book full of stories and a school full of authors! 

YEAR ONE PERSPECTIVE

By Jackson White, Year 8

The year 1 students at Yarrawonga College were enthused about Dee White visiting them for the Your Story is Our Story project.

I got to interview of them last week and here are some of their responses. 

All of the year 1s found it amazing having Dee White, an Australian author, here at Yarrawonga College. And they all thought that writing their own stories was the best. 

Some students said that they love writing stories because they get to show their ideas. One said, ‘It’s fun to write about past experiences and what you did on the weekend.’

From stories based on a koala sleeping all day, to a magpie at the skatepark that crashes a lot, they all made funny fiction stories based on animals they can see or hear around them.

Some of the characters that came out of the students’ imaginations included Edie the Koala who loves to sleep, Kangy the kangaroo who loves to play in bushes, Ed the magpie who loves to skate, and Lizzy the koala who loves to play. 

They all can’t wait till they get their creative stories put into a book for each other to read.

Thanks to all the students from the Editorial Committee for their great pieces. It was so much fun working with you all.

Dee

Thanks to Creative Victoria and Creative Learning Partnerships for making this program possible.

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