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Ideas to motivate reluctant writers Suggestions from the Sheena Cameron workshop

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Ideas to motivate reluctant writersSuggestions from the Sheena Cameron workshop

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Who are the reluctant writers?They are usually, but not always male.

They are usually reluctant readers.They usually have poor spelling and punctuation skills.

They are easily distracted from writing and reading tasks.They work slowly and often their work is frequently

incomplete.Their written work is often messy.

Their books are frequently disorganised and tatty.They avoid starting writing and use excuses, such as “I

can’t find my pencil.”They will not share their written work in a group.

They sometimes lack life experiences.They usually have some difficulty with reading.

They usually like being read to.They usually like to make and build things.

They have sometimes developed strategies for masking their reluctance.

Reluctant writers are generally reluctant because they have had very little success!

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So…What do Reluctant Writers Need to be Successful?

They need to be identified as a reluctant writer.Identify the barriers that make a writer reluctant.

Reduce or remove barriers.An incentive to write.

Experiences, or triggers to help them remember one.

Writing about topics they know about/ have experienced/ what’s in front of their nose.

Recognise that they have things to write about and share. To understand that good writers write

about the ordinary in an extraordinary way.Recognise that their interests and what they know about provide a good source of writing


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Reference List:

The Writing Book on facebook - thewritingbookfacebookThe writingbook.com

Different experiencesDo something View something Listen to something

Go for a walkMake somethingDrama activityTopic activityInvite a visitorGrow somethingCook something



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Speed Writing – start with one word and see where it leads - introduce an ICON to help with focus

Start words could be: OUCH!

STOP! OutstandingThunderSleepingLook ….

Using videos - National Geographic – I’m Little but I am a Great Winner example the video and recording the events in orderPurpose of writing task – writing a letter to the squirrel’s mum telling about their day

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Note taking – an important skill that can be transferred into other learning areasCriteria set for their letter writing -

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Reading work aloud – students make more correctionsICONS – introduce these through your quick writes

Structure of a narrative example – Whistleless – also develop a character web – showing the relationships between the key characters the pictures and writing the commentary

Book trailers for readers

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Other writing ideas:Comic strips and Graphic novels - visuals to support, concepts of

print (speech, thought bubbles) Writing buddies – writing alone in silence isn’t everybody’s thing

Blogging Hands-on poetry activities – blackout poetry

Photo journal with captionsMinecraft story starters

Book of Bad ideasVisual prompts

Talking tinsSuitable apps

If I can think it …I can say it.

If I can say it …I can write it.

If I can write it …I can read it.

And so can others!