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Literary Fiction Writing for Secondary School Students with Jenny Baker



***This session is part of the “Writing for Secondary Students (Bundle)” course. Do not purchase this session if you have purchased the bundle.***

This session focused on strategies to teach high school students how to write narrative texts using a formula for a character-driven story where the focus is more on the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist than the plot.

You will analyse a character-driven story and generate a character that can be promoted to students in their class. The idea is to support students to construct a character that can be employed across different plots and that can be developed over their high school years in increasingly sophisticated ways.

A range of plots such as “rags to riches”, “overcoming adversity”, “acceptance and belonging” will be examined to determine how each participants’ “generated” character can be incorporated into a plot type within the “literary fiction” genre.

In addition, the essential language devices used to write narratives will be reviewed. These devices will be organised by the “job” they do within a text:
– Dynamic Action
– Reflection and Planning
– Orientation
– Imagery
– Emphasis
– Connection
– Specificity
– Cohesion

The idea of using a “model” text to unpack these devices will also be explored.

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