Diary of a Secret Agent
Everyone has secrets, but only a few have secret identities. In this creative writing and publishing workshop, students create a character like the famous Alex Rider, an ordinary student—who also happens to be a secret agent. Most people have no idea about the challenges behind this type of double life, until now. By providing access to their highly classified diaries, students share the innermost thoughts of these secret agents as they face the hardships and rewards of each mission.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Understand the specific genre and characteristics of spy stories through reading, discussion and analysis of model texts
  • Primary focus on plot development and perspective
  • Explore the opportunities and limitations of telling a story through a diary
  • Consistently integrate details of the collaboratively-designed elements into own story
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including how to build tension, create the illusion of realism and use surprising plot twists and chapter cliffhangers
  • Students at the ECP centre will also spend the end of the term doing a Technical Skills Booster customised by each teacher to the class's needs based on the writing done throughout the term.
As writers:
  • Develop more complex characters and use a variety of techniques to portray them
  • Develop more complex plots with consistency and logic
  • Make use of research to write convincingly
  • Experiment with new techniques, devices and structure
  • Understand genre characteristics and conventions to stay within the given genre
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Consider the purpose and relevance of each part
  • Edit their writing to keep the reader engaged
  • Learn to provide constructive peer feedback
  • Refine proofreading and editing skills to prepare writing to be published
As learners:
  • Develop creativity and collaboration through a workshop environment
  • Develop grit and perseverance by working on a challenging and long-term writing project
  • Develop time and project management skills to see a project through to completion
  • Learn to look at own work critically and consider how to improve it
  • Learn to be open to and respond to constructive feedback
  • Gain confidence by writing and publishing a story in a book for a real audience
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10 to 1213 Up
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