How do you engage a group of reluctant writers?
Step One: Engage them in what interests them
After discussions with a group of boys (chosen because boys are the target group) from both Yr 7/8 classes, dragons and spending lots of money were their main interests! From this we came up with the phrase - Rich Writers!
Step Two: Create ownership
Choosing the symbol of a dragon and a crown was found by two particular "arty" boys in the group. The rest of the boys were very excited by the symbol.
Step Three: Check in to 'feel out' continued interest
From here, it is important to continue to evolve with the students. If their interests change, then the writing programme needs to change with them.
...watch this space...