#VeryRealisticYA - a Twitter hashtag that went wild last week – led teens across the world to consider how the heroes of dystopian fiction could possibly find the time to save the world, never mind finish their homework.
Some teaching ideas:
(Link to KS3 curriculum: plan, draft, edit and proof-read – considering how writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it was intended)
1. Jump on the bandwagon with your KS3 writers, by reading some of the plausible plot-lines on the thread, and getting them to come up with their own:
2. Read the examples again, but this time rank them from favourite to least favourite, thinking about whether they would actually want to read the book. Share ideas for what makes a good plot.
3. Use the Teachit resource Creative writing challenges to build on students’ initial ideas for #VeryRealisticYA, and turn them into stories with word-count limits or vocabulary restrictions – don’t forget to peer assess to check for the realism!
Psst, if you’re looking for an alternative reading list for your YAs, then #quietYA is a spin-off list of non-bestsellers, award winners or movie adaptations.