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<p>33Ideasfor InspiringWriting!</p> <p>This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.</p> <p>1.UseMyst...Explorethelandscapes... *Whatcanyousee/hear/smell/feel? *Giverunningcommentariesasyou explore. Thinkaboutthecharacters... *Whoarethesecharacters?Whatkindofpeople arethey? *Whathopesandsecretsmighttheyhave? WatchtheYoutubevideotoseeTim RylandsexploringMystwithaclass.Forfurtherinformation,visit: www.mrwarner.com/?s=myst www.timrylands.com www.kented.org.uk/myst</p> <p>2.MakeyourownSuperhero!Writeadescriptionofyourhero: Whatsuperpowersdotheyhave? Whatadventuresdotheyhave? Whatistheiralteregolike? Dotheyhaveasidekick? Writeanincredibleadventurefor yoursuperhero. Whoistheirarchenemy? Thanksto @porchesterand @mbarrowfor inspiringthisidea.</p> <p>Makeyourownherohere!</p> <p>3.Useonlineimages...Findinteresting imagesatFlickror CrookedBrainsto inspirediscussion andwrittenwork.</p> <p>www.flickr.com/photos/35237098471@N01/269459071</p> <p>www.flickr.com/photos/19069098@N00/2477655692</p> <p>www.flickr.com www.crookedbrains.net</p> <p>www.flickr.com/photos/36521968006@N01/183927</p> <p>www.flickr.com/photos/28574571@N00/205700574</p> <p>4.ThePiano</p> <p>*Identifythedifferentcharacters. *Whoarethey?Howaretheyconnected? *Describetheiremotionsatdifferentpointsinthefilm. *Thinkofwords/phrasestodescribetheirexpressions/emotions.</p> <p>5.Buildyourwildself</p> <p>www.buildyourwildself.com *Makeyourown'wildself'andthinkofvocabulary/similes/ metaphorstodescribethecreation. *Thinkaboutthespecialabilitiesyourcharactermighthave. *Shareideasaboutthedifferentadventurestheymayhave.</p> <p>6.Listentomusic...</p> <p>ThankstoJoySimpsonfor suggestingthisidea.</p> <p>*Findappropriatemusictolistentowithyourclass,butdon't tellthemwhatitis,orwhereitcomesfrom. *Thispagehassomeexamples,butanymusiccouldbeused! *Exploretheemotionsthatthemusicevokeswhilstlistening. *Makeastoryboardtoshowwhatmightbehappening,ifthat musicweretobeusedasastory/filmsoundtrack.</p> <p>7.ExplorewordswithWordle</p> <p>*Copythetextofastory/poemintoWordle.net.Thiscouldbe atextyou'restudying,oracopyofachild'swork. *Lookattheresultstoanalysethevocabularyused. *Tryusingthesewordsasinspirationforanewtext,orfor editingandimprovingtheoriginalone.</p> <p>MoreWordleIdeas: CleverSheep'sBlog ICTInspirationsblogTheaboveWordleshowstextfrom 'TheHighwayman'byAlfredNoyes.</p> <p>8.Traveltheworld!</p> <p>*UsesiteslikePanoramas.dk,360cities.netorGigapan.orgto exploredifferentplacesaroundtheworld. *Usethetoolstopanaroundandzoomin/out. *Zoominononeparticularspot.Useitasastartingpointfor discussion/writingasyouthenexplorearoundthatplaceandtry toworkoutwhereyouare,andwhatisgoingon.</p> <p>9.Makeyourowntelescopictext!</p> <p>*UsetheTelescopicTextsitetoseehowbasicsentencescanbe expandedbyaddingextradetail/adjectives/adverbsetc. *Givechildrenabasicsentence(e.g.Iwalkedhome).Canyour pupilsexpanditandaddextradetail? *Getthemtochallengeeachother...onepersonwritesabasic startingsentenceandothershavetoexpandit. *Youcancreateyourowncustomisedversionof TelescopicTextatbasseq.com.</p> <p>10.InstructionalVideos</p> <p>*Useavideocameratorecordsomethingbeingmade (e.g.origami,asandwich). *Askchildrentofollowthevideo(withoutsound),pausing/ rewindingasappropriate,andcopywhatishappening. *Canthepupilscreatewritteninstructions/avoiceoverforthe videotodescribetheaction? *Ifpossible,couldyourpupilsplanandrecordaninstructional videothemselves? Usefulinstructionsitesinclude: Instructables Videojug(beawarethatsomeinstructionsonthese sitesarenotappropriateforchildren!)</p> <p>11.Filmreviews...*Selectanappropriatefilm trailer...siteslikeYoutube, AppleorEnglishTrailershave lotsofthem. *Watchthetraileranddiscuss theplot,setting,charactersetc. *Explorethechildren's opinionsofthefilm,based upontheviewingofthetrailer. Whatarethegoodbits?What mightbeboringpartsofthe film? *Writeafilmreview...could yourecordyourownTVstyle filmreviewshow?</p> <p>ThankstoJoySimpsonfor suggestingthisidea.</p> <p>*VisitNumber10Petitionstoseetheonlinepetitionsthatpeople haveposted.Somemaybeinappropriateforpupils,sofindonethat maybeuseful.Arethereanypetitionsthataddresslocalissues? *Lookatthedetailsofthechosenpetition...howstrongispublic opinion?Howmanypeoplehavesignedthepetition? *Makealistof'For'and'Against'arguments. *Holdaclassdebatetodiscusstheissue. *Canthechildrenthinkofanissuethatcouldberaisedinapetition? *Writeapersuasivelettertotheprimeministertodiscusstheissue.</p> <p>12.Startadebate...</p> <p>13.Usedigitalcamerastostoryboard</p> <p>*Askyourchildrentotakeaseriesofphotoswithdigitalcameras. *Thesemightshowashortsequenceofevents,theactionsofa character/person,orsomethingthatistakingplaceatschool. *Usethephotosasthe'plan'forawrittenstory. *Thephotoscouldbeimportedinto'PhotoStory'or'2CreateaStory' withtextandaudioaddedtomakeamultimediastory. Theseimagescome fromCrookedBrains.</p> <p>Thanks to@mattlovegrovefor suggestingthisidea.</p> <p>14.Whizupatitle!*UsetheThrillerWhiztooltogeneratea newtitleforastory. *Thinkaboutthecharacters/settings/plot whichmightappearinthatstory. *CanyouwritethestorywithyourThriller Whiztitle?</p> <p>15.Poemswithimageryandimages!*Writepoetryusinglotsof figurativelanguage. *SearchFlickrstormtofind imagesthatmatchwiththe themesinyourpoem. *Usewordsfromyourpoem atSpellwithFlickrtocreate pictureswhereeachletterisan image...</p> <p>*ThenproduceaPowerpoint/Photostorywhereyoucombinethe imagesyouhavecollected,andyourpoemusingtext/audio recordings.Thanksto@twowhizzyforsuggestingthisidea.</p> <p>16.Bringphotostolife</p> <p>*UseCrazytalktoaddspeechtoaphotoofaperson/character. *Chooseacharacterfromastoryyouarereading...useCrazytalkto bringthemtolife,describinghowtheyarefeelingataparticularpart intheirstory...(e.g.HumptyDumptyafterfallingoffofthewall). *Retellastoryfromacharacter'spointofview(e.g.theGingerbread man) *Takeaphotoofaneverydayobject(e.g.Legocharacter,church gargoyle),andthinkaboutwhattheymightwanttosay. Ifyoudon'thavethe Crazytalksoftware,youcould usetheVokiorBlabberize sites.Thanksto@mbarrowfor suggestingthisidea.Here'sanexampleofwhat Crazytalkcando...</p> <p>17.PresentingtheWeather*Watchsomeexamplesofweatherforecasts onYoutube. *FinduptodateweatherdataattheBBCor Wundergroundsites. *WriteascriptforaTVstyleweatherreport, usingthisinformation,andinasimilarstyleto theforecastsviewedearlier. *Standthe'presenter'infrontofawhiteboard, andprojectmapsoftherelevantlocationsonto it. *PastethescriptintoCueprompterandrecord theweatherforecast!</p> <p>*Choosealocationforapieceofdescriptive writing.Itmightbesomewherearoundschool... digitalphotosmighthelptosupportyour writing. *Chooseanemotion. *Explorehowthatplacemakesyoufeelwhen youarethere,usinglotsofdescriptivelanguage. were horribly dusty This library was the one that most cool school kids flee from.There</p> <p>18.Pickasetting...pickanemotion...</p> <p>shelves.When people sneezed, dust exploded into peoples faces.Everything was old, especially the librarian.She was wrinkled like a tortoise and had warts like a witch.Her hair was as white as mist.Specks of dandruff fell from her hair and mingled with the dust.The books on the shelves looked like they came from the Roman Empire because if you touched the pages they disintegrated at the edges.They were also just for adults. The writing was microscopic and seemed to be in ancient gibberish. It looked as if the books hadnt been checked out for ages because no-one could understand them.The only sound was the silence pulsing through the bookshelves.Strangely, everywhere there was a carpet of torn pages lying everywhere, like wounded people in a hospital during a war.There were spider webs on the pages on the floor.Some of the pages looked as if they had been eaten by termites and vomited back out.The library looked like a gigantic toilet for mice.</p> <p>IdeaandexamplecontributedbyLeighNewtonandclassP8N.</p> <p>*If you could put a number of items into a box that described your life, what would you include? * The Museum Box lets you make virtual boxes, in which you can store images, video and sound clips related to your own life, or the life of people from the past. * Try making a museum box for someone and then write about the items included and why they were picked. * Write from the point of view of a famous historical character, who is explaining the contents of their own</p> <p>19.MakeaMuseumBox...</p> <p>*UsetheScholasticStoryStartermachinetocreatearandom beginningforastory. * Use the buttons to change individual parts of the story starter, or pull the spin lever to change everything! * If you're not happy with the one you're given, just spin again!</p> <p>20.RandomStoryStarters...</p> <p>21.Animoto UseAnimototocreateaslideshowofimagesthatgraphically representthetopicandthentheyusethattomovetowriting. Studentstakethepictures,upload,andchoosemusicthatrelatesto themoodoftheimages/topic. Canberelatedtoavarietyoftopics: o Landscapes/cityscapes o Acharacterinnovel o Asettinginanovel o Theplotofanovel Canwriteabouttheirownslideshowsorsharewithothersordo bothandcomparetheendliteraryresults.</p> <p>postedbyHeidiVanRiper @hlvanriponTwitter</p> <p>22.FridgeMagnetPoetry UsetheFridgeMagnetPoetrytooltogenerateapoemusingthe givenselectionofwords. Ideasandresourcesforteacherscanbefoundhere.</p> <p>ThankstoDannyNicholsonwhosuggestedthisidea.</p> <p>23.AddPoetrytoPictures HaveyouseenPiclits? Put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of Usethewords the picture. provided,oradd yourownto makethe perfectpoemor description.Thanksto JoySimpson whosuggested thisidea.</p> <p>24.TheStoryofaLine Producealinegraph...showingtheheightofahotairballoon, theamountofwaterinabathtuborsomethingsimilar! Askthepupilstowritethestoryofthelinegraph,describing whathappensateachstageinthegraphandwhy. Youcouldalso provideablankline graph(withnolabels) andaskthemto explainwhatitmight show. Greatfordata handlingwork,andit mightalsolinkwith yourSciencetopics.</p> <p>25.WriteaFuzzmail! Fuzzmailletsyousendemails, whicharedisplayedastheywere typed...showinganyadditions/ changesthatweremadeduring thecreationofthemessage. Thiscanbeusedeasilyinthe classroomjustsetupaFuzzmail animationtoshowhowatext mightbeexpanded/improved. Thenshareanddiscussthese changeswithyourclass. ThankstoTimRylandsfor suggestingthisidea.</p> <p> Youcouldalso provideablankline graph(withnolabels) andaskthemto explainwhatitmight show. Greatfordata handlingwork,andit mightalsolinkwith yourSciencetopics.</p> <p>26.UnderwaterAdventures</p> <p> ExploreanunderwaterlandscapeusingthePapervisionsite. Thiscouldbeusedasthestartingpointforsomedescriptive writing,orastoryaboutanunderwateradventure. Orfollowoneoftheunderwatercreaturesandsharevocabulary todescribeitsappearanceanditsmovementsetc.</p> <p>27.AugmentedReality</p> <p> TrytheGESmartGrid'AugmentedReality' sitetodemonstratehowa3Dlandscapecan 'unfold'infrontofyoureyes. Makeyourownaugmentedrealitymarker(a simpleblackandwhiteimage). Showthenewmarkerto thepupilsandimagine whatmightunfoldfrom thepaper...anamazing landscape?anunusual character?anincredible object? Useoneofthoseideasas thestartingpointfor written/descriptive work.</p> <p>28.Writecollaboratively...</p> <p> Etherpadisanamazingsitewhichletsupto8peopletypeonthe samedocumentatthesametime. Itcouldbeusedinmanywaysintheclassroom: o Improvingagivenselectionofsentences. o Collectingideas/usefulvocabulary. o Writingatextcollaboratively. Lookatthe'UsingEtherpadintheclassroom'presentationfor moreideas.</p> <p>29.VideoStoryStarts...</p> <p> Teachers.tvhaveacollectionof'StoryStarts'videoswhichcan beusedasastartingpointforwrittenwork: o SevenStoryStarts o NineMoreStoryStarts</p> <p>ThankstotheKentICTblogfor bringingthesetomyattention.</p> <p>30.ReadWriteThink</p> <p> ReadWriteThinkhasahugerangeofinteractiveLiteracy resources.</p> <p>ThankstoPaulaNauglefor suggestingtheseresources.</p> <p>31.MakeaMediascape</p> <p> FromtheCreateAScapesite... "Amediascapeiscomposedofsounds,imagesandvideoplaced outsideinyourlocalarea...Tocreateamediascape,youstart withadigitalmapofyourlocalarea.Usingspecial,free software,youcanattachdigitalsounds,picturesandvideoto placesthatyouchooseonthemap(seebelow)... Bygoingoutsideintotheareathemapcovers,youcan experiencethemediascape."Suggestedby AidanMcCanny</p> <p>32.WritePostcards...</p> <p> Ihaveusedpostcards(pickedupinbulkatthelocalgym)asa stimuliforwriting.Youcouldagreeonthesubject,i.e.chocolate (whatthemainideamightbeonthepostcard)orjustdescribewhat yousee/whatyouthinkishappening.Ifindthisisparticularly goodforbuildingupstaminainY5/6,especially whengivenamaximumtimetowritei.e.5mins.etc. Tosendpostcardstopeoplearoundtheworld,tryPostcrossing.</p> <p>Suggestedby DavidHodgson</p> <p>33.LargerthanLife... Thisbloghassomeamazingimagesof'largerthanlife'objects... Writethestoryoftheseobjects...Howdidtheygetthere?What aretheyfor?Howmightotherpeoplereacttothem? Whatwouldhappenifoneoftheseobjectsappearedonyour schoolgrounds/inyourhome?</p> <p>Thispresentationistheresultofthecollaborationofsomefantastic teachersfromallaroundtheworld. Thankstoeveryonewhohascontributed.</p> <p>Doyouhavean'AmazingIdea' ofyourownthatcouldbeadded?Sendanemailtomark@teachingideas.com orcontactmeonTwitter. Icanaddyouridea,orgiveyou accesstoaddityourself. www.ideastoinspire.co.uk Thankyou!www.teachingideas.co.uk</p> <p>MarkWarner</p>