Last Wednesday, students in Years 3 and 4 attended an author talk with Oliver Phommavanh, a renowned children’s writer, as their prize for being the school last year in Australia with the second highest donation to the Room to Read charity.
Last year, as a result of the Junior School Book Fair, we donated money raised from the commission of book sales to the Room to Read foundation. Room to Read supports the building of libraries and supply of books and secondary school education for girls in third world countries. As a Room to Read ambassador, Oliver joined us to share his knowledge of writing and story-telling.
Oliver’s quirky and engaging storytelling abilities, we hope, have inspired many students to start creating their own funny stories using the tips and tricks he discussed. If you would like to download Oliver’s books on our eBooks app please click here.
“I thought Oliver gave the students some great pointers for story writing. He told them how he began writing using funny things that he and his family did and how they embarrassed him. He also gave great tips for planning their writing through backward planning - start with the goal, create a problem preventing the goal and then solve the problem. I also thought that drawing pictures for planning and interspersed in writing were great ways to get reluctant writers started.” Mrs McFarland, Year 3 Teacher
“He was hilarious. The funniest part was when he made up stories about monsters.” Will, Year 3M
“It was exciting. He said to use your own experiences to write a book.” Ava, Year 3M
“I like that he made the front covers of his books look nice. It makes it appealing for students to buy and read.” Laurens, Year 4C
“He suggested going for a walk around or to the beach when you don’t know what to write.” Cameron, Year 4C
“I liked how he suggested writing about embarrassing moments from your life because it gets you ahead in your writing. I use this idea all the time.” Georgie, Year 4M
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