We ask children to write in school but often there is no apparent purpose that they can see other than pleasing their teacher! This can prompt some very reluctant writers in our classrooms. The 100 Word Challenge seeks to address this problem.
It is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece.
Our first tries this year were Week 20. Here are a few published on our blogs too!
Today the Year 3’s worked together. We watched a BTN Video and then we learnt:
- how to take notes
- how to use point form
- to use topic sentences at the beginning of our posts
- how to embed a video on our blogs (using html code)
- new ways to add media on our blogs
- interesting new facts
Here are some of our blog posts :
It is great to see some posts appearing and lots of lovely comments. Here are some hints to make comments better. Remember our blog comments are as important as our posts – always practise correct spelling and punctuation and these simple rules.
Some sentence starters might help (from the Out of Eden Project):
Use these question-starters to help you think of interesting questions:
- “Tell me more about…”
- “I wonder if…”
- “Help me understand…”
- “I was surprised by….”
- “I connected to…”
- “What I found interesting was…”
- “I learned from your post that…”
- “One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is…”
A new initiative for 2016 sees our Middle level students joining the blogging world – wish us luck !