Able Writers in Your School. Developing the Potential of by Brian Moses,Roger Stevens

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Encourage them to share their experiences with the class. Then ask the children to write the experiences down as the beginning of a poem. Able Writers in Your School 63 Getting Moving: Mainly Poems Most memories will be happy or funny but children will often want to write about the loss of a pet. Suggest that, in their writing, they try to put across their feelings so that others might empathise with what they experienced. And they could ask themselves the question – Did the encounter change them in some way?

But it’s so tempting. Army Ant by Ben There were two of us, the queen and I. After a month there are now more than a thousand of us. Noah has provided us with leaves and twigs and told us to be peaceful. This has not been successful. The mole trod on ten of us and then we took it in little pieces to the queen. Noah was not happy, so he decided not to open the door of our chamber. We ate the door. The elephants were rocking the boat so we bit their legs. They rocked the boat some more. The lizard ate dozens of our eggs so we ate its wife.

If you had been Noah could you have refused them? • Don’t miss the boat! Ask the children how they would have felt being Noah and begin to identify the kind of problems he and the animals might have had. Write their suggestions on the board: • • • • • • • • • • loss of habitat; fear of drowning; ghastly smells; overcrowding; shortage of food; fighting; diseases; boredom; temptation; supplies of fresh water. Now ask the children to choose creatures they might like to be. Remind them that there would have been birds, fish, insects, jungle creatures, farm animals and so on.

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