Creating Literature: Students learn how to use personal knowledge and literary texts as starting points to create imaginative writing in different forms and genres and for particular audiences. Using print, digital and online media, students develop skills that allow them to convey meaning, address significant issues and heighten engagement and impact (see ACARA).
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CREATING IMAGINATIVE TEXTS
Communication 4 All Story maker
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Various PPT templates to enable children to create their own or share stories. Various topics are available.
Carnegie Library My Story Maker
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This site takes children through the process of making their own story, which can be embedded into a webpage. After choosing a main character, children identify the main ideas of the story. They can then select the background, props and other characters as well as add their own text. Embed when complete.
Story Planet Story maker
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Using the Story Maker activity in Story Planet is easy! Children follow the steps to create a scene, answer some questions and then they have created their own personalised story.
Story Starters
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A selection of 53 children's drawings to inspire thoughts by young writers. A printable and/or online resource that provides visual inspiration for text creation as well as oral discussions.
Tikatok Create a book
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Caters to a range of abilities, children are able to create their own digital book. Free to register, children can use images from the site or upload from personal collection. Easy to add text and images and simple to save as a digital book.
BBC Story maker
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Children choose from a scene selection. After creating the story, select play for the animated story to be played or the story can be printed.
ClassTools.net
Create a book
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Turn any piece of prose into a virtual book! Just use the 'Add Text' function to paste in desired text. Turn the pages by clicking on them. It's a simple and effective way of creating a digital story. Can be embedded into a blog or webpage or can be saved as a pdf.
Little Bird Tales
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After creating or uploading artwork, audio can be recorded for the completed digital story to be saved or embedded.This is a favourite site for many Early years' teachers.
Zooburst Interactive stories
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ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. As a teacher you can create your own account and also one for the children to access. Very user friendly (see Tools in Action for our example).
CREATING POETRY
Poetry Splatter
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Children are given a poem in cloze format and words are splattered to the side. These words may be inserted to complete the poem. Words are colour coded as nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, which adds another dimension to the task.
Magnetic Poetry
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After selecting a 'magnetic poetry kit', words are available to be selected and dragged onto the page to create a poem.
Scholastic Poetry idea engine
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A site that teaches children how to write a limerick, a haiku, a cinquain and free verse. When you select a style of poetry to learn about, you are given a simple explanation and a cloze to complete. Could be too complex for some children but would provide a challenge if one is needed.
Read Write Think Acrostic poems
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After providing a definition of an acrostic poem, this site guides you through the process of creating an acrostic poem. On completion, you can print, save or embed the poem.
CREATING NON LITERARY TEXTS
Museum Box
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This fasinating site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
Teaching Ideas Writing non fiction
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Lots of resources and ideas for teachers to effectively support children to write across a range of genres.
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