Everyone in the Harinui Syndicate has a Story Writing Book. If we are new students then we draw a picture plan and tell the teacher our story. We try to make our story interesting. We speak clearly in whole sentences. Everyone tries to use a lot of descriptive language in our stories.
The teacher records our story for us. Sometimes we can write some of the words for ourselves. We like to read our stories back after they are written.
Some students in Harinui Syndicate started school last year, or at the very beginning of this year. They are able to write many words for themselves. First they say their story to themselves, one sentence at a time. They check to see if it makes sense.
After that they record all the words they know and the letter sounds they can hear in the words they do not know. Then they can read it back to the teacher!!
We love when the teacher gives us a sticker for hard work, and when she writes a comment on our book. Sometimes it is feed-back – the things we did really well. And sometimes it is feed-forward where the teacher tells us some new things we can work on to improve our story. We all want to write exciting stories that others would like to read!