Book A KidsWrite Workshop

The Cha Cha and Friends Writing Workshops are designed to assist primary school-aged students (year 3 to year 6) to develop the ability to build the five essential elements of a story, the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict and the resolution. These workshops are interactive, challenging and informative but, above all, they are fun! Drawing on her own experiences in terms of writing the Cha Cha books, Lisa will explain the writing process, from the initial inspiration right through to the finished story.All workshops are specifically designed to encourage children to abandon their inhibitions and get creative!

The Workshops

These range from a one off, two hour visit to a "Book Challenge", comprising six, two hourly visits over six weeks. The Workshops are flexible in terms of content. The topics used in the following paragraphs are simply examples but teachers may wish to use topics which are relevant to what they are teaching.

"Awesome Animals"

A one-off, 2 hour school visit from Lisa and Cha Cha to assist in "initiating" and in the writing process. Following a brief discussion about how the Cha Cha books came to be, andin the process introducing the children to the five elements of story writing, the class will then be divided into small groups. Each group will be encouraged to unleash their imaginations and brainstorm on creating a storyline for their "Awesome Animals", using a worksheet (provided) for guidance. The class will then come together to share their ideas, and vote on the "Awesome Animal" storyline that they like best! It is envisaged that this workshop will act as a springboard for the teacher, following which he or she may choose to use the KidsWrite program.

"Fantastic Fairy Tales"

A one-off, 4 hour school visit from Lisa and Cha Cha broken into 2 x 2 hourly sessions. The first session will be similar to that outlined in "Awesome Animals" above, culminating in each group sharing their ideas for a "Fantastic Fairy Tale",including characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution. The second session will be structured around the KidsWrite Program. After deciding upon the "Fantastic Fairy Tale" idea that they would like to develop as a class, Lisa will facilitate the story writing process, introducing and explaining the KidsWrite program. As a class, a title for their "Fantastic Fairy Tale" will be decided upon, and then the writing process will begin. The focus will be on full class participation, so that all children become fully immersed in the process of narrative writing. Strategies to help bring the "Fantastic Fairy Tale" to life will be explored in the context of writing this class story. Once again, it is envisaged that this workshop is just the beginning of the writing adventure for the students!

"Cha Cha's Next Big Adventure"

A full day school visit from Lisa and Cha Cha broken into 3 sessions, morning, middle and afternoon.

Session 1 will be similar to that outlined in "Awesome Animals" above, culminating in each group sharing their ideas for "Cha Cha's Next Big Adventure" including characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution.

Session 2 will introduce the KidsWrite program to the class, and explain how to use it. In their groups, students will then start the story writing process using the KidsWrite program, fleshing out what they have outlined on their story arc worksheet. Lisa will provide guidance to groups on language selection, sentence structure, and how to effectively add conflict and emotion to their story, breathe life into their characters and engage the senses.

Session 3 - groups will continue to write and illustrate "Cha Cha's Next Big Adventure", coming together in the final hour to present their story to the class. Following this, the day will culminate with a general class discussion about the elements the different groups used to really bring their story to life! As a bonus, Lisa will create an e-book of each group's story.

"The Book Challenge"

"Six 2 hourly visits over six weeks"

Week 1 - Lisa will explain in detail how the Cha Cha books came to be, from the inspiration for the series right through to the finished stories. Declan Smith, the young illustrator for the books, will also join the class to explain the illustration process if possible. This session will culminate with Lisa explaining the five essential elements of a story; the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict and the resolution, drawn from the Cha Cha books. The challenge will then be set for week 2 for each student to decide what his or her book is going to be about!

Week 2 - Using a worksheet provided, students will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of their unique imaginations! They will begin to write a storyline, based around the five essential elements – the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict and the resolution. Lisa will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance with this process. At the end of this session, students will share their ideas with the class and receive suggestions and feedback.

Week 3 - This session will start with Lisa explaining to the class the importance of language selection, sentence structure, and conflict and emotion and how these elements can help breathe life into their characters and engage the senses. Lisa will then introduce the KidsWrite program to the class, and explain how to use it. Following this, students will be encouraged to start writing and illustrating their book, fleshing out what they have outlined on their story arc worksheet. Children can either use the illustrations provided in the KidsWrite program, or do their own. Lisa will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance to students.

Week 4 & Week 5 - The writing and illustration process continues! Children will be encouraged to have their individual stories completed by the end of week 5, and emailed to Lisa.

Week 6 - This is a celebration of each child's creativity and the fact that they have conquered "The Book Challenge"! Lisa will have turned each child's book into an e-book, and each child will then present it to the class. This will allow the class to explore a variety of different genres and celebrate the fact that there is, indeed, a book in all of us!

Resources Required:

Workshop 1

Lisa will supply the worksheets for each student

Workshops 2 to 4

  • Lisa will supply the worksheets for each student.
  • The students will need access to a computer for each group when working in groups
  • Each student will need a computer for workshop 4. Lisa will need access to a Smart Board/Projector
Prices $
Workshop 1 $15.00* per child (minimum of 30 children)
Workshop 2 $20.00* per child (minimum of 30 children)
Workshop 3 $30.00* per child (minimum of 30 children)
Workshop 4 $40.00* per child (minimum of 30 children)

All prices are inclusive of GST

The KidsWrite Writing Workshops are designed to compliment the Queensland English Curriculum from year 3 to year 6. To see how these workshops are relevant to C2C.
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Cha Cha and Friends Writing Workshops - C2C Relevance:

Whilst the Cha Cha and Friends Writing Workshops are modified to suit the writing and designing, reading and viewing, and spelling and listening content for year level, the overall conceptual thread is "imaginative texts". These workshops help children in years 3 to 6 to create and share their own stories. In doing so, they also learn from and about each other.

The Workshops relate to C2C and support the conceptual thread for imaginative texts in helping students understand that:

  • language and texts can be used for different purposes
  • Authors create texts for a purpose
  • Literary / narrative texts contain characters, settings and events
  • Characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways in texts
  • Literary texts can be retold
  • Texts can be drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Characters, events, settings and ideas can be portrayed in different ways in texts
  • Text structures and language features are used for different purposes and effects in texts
  • Ideas in texts can convey different viewpoints
  • Responses to texts can vary upon personal experience

Specifically, the Cha Cha and Friends Workshops include curriculum content pertaining to:

  • Text structure and organization (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and spelling)
  • Expressing and developing ideas (using noun, verb and adverb groups and phrases, linking devices, text connectives and direct and indirect speech to create richer, narrative texts)
  • Literature and context (understanding the importance of writing for an audience)
  • Creating literature (planning, drafting and publishing an imaginative text for a particular audience)
  • Expressing and developing ideas (collaborating effectively to plan and deliver ideas in a logical sequence as well as being able to listen, contribute and share in class discussions)
  • Ability to use software to create a narrative

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