Creative writing in school can often be formulaic…you teach this, the students learn this, and then they write a story.
Tamara decided to change the format. Building on an idea from Primary (Tamara is in the secondary sector), the story was to be short and sweet and based around the theme of conflict. The students made their own background. Over the school holidays the students had to design their own setting (in a virtual world or otherwise) in which their short story was based. The short story therefore had an additional element – a tangible setting that could be manipulated.
One student created a video game, another created a world in Minecraft, and printed it off on the school’s 3D printer. It meant that students could combine some of the things that smoke their tyres, with learning English.
Questions were used as a guide to help develop the setting, and then reflect on some of the decisions they made. Other questions were used to connect in the story.
Students had a short story, setting, video…and the next steps were how to pull everything together to display it. QR codes offered a simple solution to pull together the written word, the images, and the video of the student speaking about their process.
This is a unit of work that will be displayed and they can feel proud of.