Shauna Hanna

It’s your story: celebrating World Storytelling Day on Monday 20 March

At Texthelp, it’s our goal to help create avid readers and fluent writers. We want ALL kids to be inspired to write stories which they find interesting in the hope that they will be encouraged and enabled to go on and achieve more.

 


And so, we’ve been asking the question “what’s the best way to engage with school kids and kindle their lifelong enthusiasm for reading and writing?”

Keen to find some fresh answers, we headed to the beautiful surroundings of Finborough School near Stowmarket – the venue for our first Storytelling Workshop.

The goal of our workshop session: to help kids read more, write more and be more inspired in their creative thinking. How hard could that be?

After a creative crash course in the components that make up a great story, we presented Finborough’s Year 7 girls and boys with a serious challenge: to build their own story from scratch, with a cast of characters, a convincing setting and a compelling narrative.

Writing against the clock on laptops and tablets with the help of assistive technology, our can-do kids collaborated in groups to build believable personalities and thrash out plotlines. Once happy with their handiwork, each group was tasked to create a storyboard, sketching out the action frame by frame just like a Hollywood screenwriter.

So now’s your chance to pick the winner. Watch all the stories and tell us which one’s your favourite.  We’ll be animating the best contender as a mini-movie and sharing the results to help inspire other kids’ storytelling journey. 

The stories went out to the public vote.  The prize? The winning team got to have their story professionally animated into a mini-movie by our creative team.  Today, we are delighted to share the final result - for your viewing pleasure. 

The Lonely Brothers from Planet Jeff.

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