Welcome to another edition of our ESA News.
This month is National Novel Writing Month, an event that takes place annually across the globe. Each day during November, participants write towards their goal of a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. Affectionately called NaNoWriMo, it is “for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel”.
Are you or your students taking part? It’s not too late, and is a fun way to get students engaged in the writing process.
To help out, we’ve selected three resources available in Scootle, that explore writing, plotlines, character development, and narrative.
Playing with texts
This resource contains a variety of game-based learning experiences to engage students with narrative and informative texts. Explore characters, settings, story mapping, and narrative sequencing.
Explore popular plotlines and see how language choices shape effective narrative. Rearrange comic strip panels into logical order. Deconstruct popular fairy tales, and create your own storylines.
Make up your own stories
Discover how four common story plots have been worked into some very different and well-known folk tales. Create your own story using one of these story types.
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All schools who subscribe now for 2017 will receive complimentary SCIS access for the remainder of 2016.
- Simple and efficient download of catalogue records for print and digital resources
- Enhanced content such as full and abridged Dewey classification, book cover images, educational subject headings, plot summaries, and reviews.
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Mark these dates in your calendar
- National Novel Writing Month
- 7-13 November: National Recycling Week
- 11 November: Remembrance Day
- 14-19 November: International Education Week
- 16 November: International Day for Tolerance
- 17 November: World Philosophy Day
Regional Teacher Mentorship 2017
Applications are open for Bell Shakespeare’s Regional Teacher Mentorship. Thirty primary and secondary teachers from regional Australian schools will receive a year-long mentorship with Bell Shakespeare, including a fully-funded trip to Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney. Supported by the Australian Government and Teachers Mutual Bank.
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