By Pie Corbett

Jumpstart! Storymaking is a suite of video games and actions to increase the artistic means of ‘storymaking’. It focuses upon 'storytelling for writing' in addition to making a complete university tradition of storytelling, studying and writing. Storymaking is the method of retelling, innovating and growing new tales. just like the best-selling Jumpstart! Literacy, this publication includes innovative ‘quick-fire' rules that may be used as artistic warm-ups and starters or built into classes. There are over a hundred provocative and thought-provoking video games and actions, meant to ‘jumpstart’ storytelling, studying and writing in any Key level 1, 2 or three lecture room. functional, easy-to-do and greatly enjoyable, the ‘jumpstarts’ will attract busy lecturers.  

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Was just a shoot in the earth. Tomorrow this object will be . . a faded memory. One day this object saw. . a badger digging for worms. This object’s worst/best/saddest/strangest memory is . . a teacher’s nose sniffing for sweet scent and being bee-stung! LOUISA’S STORY GAME Last term I visited Louisa’s year 2 class in North Wales to see them ‘storymaking’. It was milk time; everyone was sucking on straws or munching apple slices. Louisa hung up a large story map and they began to tell ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’, complete with actions.

Usually, Gaz liked going to the cinema. Usually, Cally looked forwards to the end of the school day. COPY This game is an important one. Look carefully at the text type that you are teaching. Are there any particular sentence types that the children will need to be able to use in their writing? Look at the stage they are at and decide what sorts of sentences they need to be able to write in order to make progress. Model several of one type on a board, then ask the children to imitate the pattern, substituting different words.

Angrily, Jerry kicked the football. Gently, Tina held the sandwich. Create several more together and then use a bag of adverbs to help the children begin writing their own similar sentences using the same underlying structure. Apply in shared and independent writing. Borrow sentences from quality literature to imitate. 25 3343 T&F Jumpstart Storymaking:01 Section JN 3/11/08 11:03 Page 26 Jumpstart! Storymaking STORY SENTENCES The storyteller Chris Smith suggested this game to me. Ask the children to think of a well-known story.

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