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Stewing Up a Story, with Maz Evans (episode 22)

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When faced with writing a story, many children claim they ‘cannot write one’. Stories, however, are inside us all – we may just need some ideas and a little help to find them. In her episode of the Author in Your Classroom podcast, the novelist Maz Evans explains to young writers how a ‘story stew’, beginning with a character, can help you find a story. What does the character want? What problem needs to be solved? How does the character solve the problem? Does the character get what they want?

In this teaching sequence, children will have the chance to write stories of their own based on things they know and love, and a character that they will design. They will also explore how they can make scenes within their stories more exciting, after listening to Maz’s advice about the editing process.

The pack includes teacher notes, a PowerPoint, worksheets and beautifully designed elements for a working wall, and has been exclusively created to be used with episode 22 of the Author In Your Classroom podcast – a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!

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  • PowerPoint
  • An extract from Vi Spy Licence To Chill
  • Planning sheets 1, 2 and 3
  • Working wall images and quotes
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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