Presentation on theme: " National Novel Writing Month Australia :: Perth :: South Presented by Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Sioban Timmer."— Presentation transcript:
National Novel Writing Month Australia :: Perth :: South Presented by Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Sioban Timmer
What is NaNoWriMo YWP? November 1 st through 30 th Reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals. We define a novel as “a lengthy work of fiction.” Encourage frequent writing opportunities. 90% of students said NaNoWriMo made them more excited about writing. Improves self-confidence, creative writing skills, literacy and language skills, and time management.
NaNoWriMo: A History NaNoWriMo since 500,000+ participants in 2,000 classrooms and over 100,000 students and educators. Australia :: Perth :: South wrote almost 4 Million words in Supported by the City of Armadale, City of Cockburn, City of Gosnells, City of Melville, City of South Perth, Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale, and Town of Victoria Park.
Bringing YWP to Your Students In the classroom: Students can participate in class with teacher resources such as lesson plans, workbooks, activities, a progress chart, and stickers. In the school library: Invite students to write in the school library. Students can write together and follow progress on a school chart. Independently at school: Provide resources so interested children can participate before or after school or during lunch, recess or free periods. Independently at home and in the community: Give students information so they can participate from home or attend writing events at their local community library.
Benefits for your Students Self-confidence, creative writing skills, a love of books and writing. Workbooks & Activities Pep Talks & Support Safe & Secure Community Challenge a Friend Web Badges and Winner or Participant Certificate
Benefits for Your School Develop your students self-confidence, community spirit, creative writing skills, and a love of books, early literacy, and writing. Establish a NaNoWriMo library of literary works with free paperback copies of novels by your students and anthologies by your class. Optional activities and comprehensive lesson plans for a full term with a firm foundation in the English curriculum. Supportive educator environment with a global online community of teachers on the forums. Community recognition, encouragement, and endorsement from participating councils.
NaNoWriMo in the Classroom Introduce students to NaNoWriMo – Participate as a class or school. Optional – Plan your novel/story in October (discuss outlining, character development, story arcs, structure, and time management). Start writing in November Optional – Editing & Publishing in December (rewriting, editing, proofreading, cover design, and presentation). Receive free professionally published copies of individual student novels or classroom fiction anthologies to keep in your school.
Start Writing in November Writing the first draft – write now, edit later Beginning / Middle / Ending Sensory Description, Dialogue, and Action Add new words every day Give students frequent opportunities to write and allow students to track their word counts in the classroom or school library.
Your Free* Classroom Kit NaNoWriMo’s Triumphant Chart of Noveling Progress Up to 35 progress stickers Up to 35 “Imagination Activated” buttons Fantastic tools for motivation and encouragement in the classroom. * Shipping not included.
YWP Independent At School Or At Home Support for independent writing students in the “West Australian Young Writers” virtual classroom and the YWP community forums online. Independent students can have published copies of their own NaNoWriMo novel for friends and family. Writing events at local community libraries provide inspiration and opportunities for students to write outside of school hours and among friends. First five independent student participants from each community receives a complimentary starter kit.
For More Information Rebecca Laffar-Smith NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison Sioban Timmer Poet and Children’s Author Write Along The Highway writealongthehighway.org writealongthehighway.org NaNoWriMo YWP
What Now? Would you like to bring YWP into your classroom or school library? Would you like us to introduce the YWP to your students at a school assembly or in a short classroom presentation? Would you like information to distribute to your students so they can participate independently?