Write away

21st September 2001 at 01:00
Write Away 2001 is a competition for pupils aged 7 to 11. It is a chance for young writers to find a real audience for their writing, to explore new styles and voices, to experiment - and to win prizes. Winners may get to meet an author and have their pieces published!

First-person writing features in the National Literacy Strategy - there is potential for it in each year: letters, stories that raise issues, stories about imagined worlds, stories with familiar settings, stories from different cultures. Autobiography has a specific focus in Year 6. Autobiographical writing can be about places and people as well as events.

These three stories are very different and will provide a good starting point for children's own writing. The teaching suggestions can be used in the literacy hour and beyond it. When planning lessons based on these stories, think how the range of pupils' learning styles can be utilised: include listening, reading, visualising, drawing, discussion, drama, movement and reflection as well as writing.

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