To help inspire your students to write their own short story, we’re going to tell you about a few pieces of content we have on EducationCity that will be perfect for this occasion!
How did the BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition come about?
It all started in 2011, when Presenter, Chris Evans, had a dream to get children excited about reading and writing.
How do I enter?
It’s super easy! Students write a story on a subject or theme of their choice, in 500 Words or fewer, and submit it online.
Entries are open today, Tuesday 29th January, until Friday 8th March, so why not give it a go?
Now, let’s take you through a few of our resources you could use to support your students…
It’s good to create a plan before starting a story. Your students might want to consider their target audience, the theme of the story and characters and their traits.
We’ve a Mind Map Topic Tool to help your students do just that.
- Mind Map Literacy (English/Literacy): #2092 – Organise ideas and concepts.
Have a Clear Beginning, Middle and End
Brilliant stories always have a clear structure and a beginning, middle and end are easily defined as the three parts that make up a story.
We’ve a great Activity to help students with this!
- Sandy Stories (English/Literacy): #25685 – Identify the beginning, middle and end of a story and consider the purpose of each.
If students are stuck for a bit of inspiration, we’ve got two Topic Tools which provide ideas to help with creative thinking as well as how to start a story.
- Idea Generator (English/Literacy): #5784 – Generate a range of creative and critical thinking exercises, using idea bank B.
- Story Starter Machine (English/Literacy): #5775 – Generate a range of fiction writing ideas, using idea bank A.
Don’t forget to take a look at our brilliant Story Starter Machine Topic Tool to motivate your students to write their own short story. You can see how to use it in our video…
We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck!