Raining Cats & Dogs
The Harbour School
The Harbour School
Inspired by Judi Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, students in this collaborative writing workshop create a fictional town and explore what ordinary life looks like until one day when the weather takes a turn for the strange. In the book publishing workshop, each student develops a first-hand account by one of the residents of the town to create a collection of stories about “where they were when…”, while students in the scriptwriting and drama workshop will collaborate on a play script about the storm and its effects on the town, with each student also writing a monologue by one of the residents of the town.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Understand the specific genre of eyewitness accounts through reading, discussion and analysis of model texts
  • Consider the limitations of first-person accounts
  • Apply cross-curricular knowledge in a new, creative context
  • Integrate details of the collaboratively created town and storm into own story
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including showing a character through his/her habits, thoughts and reactions, developing a character’s voice, slow motion description, before-and-after comparisons and intertextual references
As writers:
  • Take creative risks
  • Combine fact and fiction to write convincingly
  • Express ideas with detail and specificity
  • Slow down to elaborate each part of a story fully
  • Develop stories with more complex story structure
  • Learn and apply simple literary techniques
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Revise writing for continuity, consistency and focus
  • Learn to provide simple but constructive peer feedback
  • Practise proofreading skills and correct identified technical errors in their work 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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For children aged
10 to 128 to 10
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