Once Upon A Taniwha

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Narratives

Room 13 have been learning about writing narratives as part of our Ohaaki inquiry.

An imaginative narrative is using the children’s imagination and writing a fiction story that would not happen in real life. The children learnt about how to start their stories, characters, setting, problems that happened during the story and how they were solved.  

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Initially, the students created their own character and wrote a fictional story around their character, keeping in mind that they had to have a character, setting, problem and resolution.

These are some of their stories. 

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Next, the students listened to a story about a Taniwha in the Lake Taupō called Horomatangi and he looks after the Island in the middle of the lake called Motutaiko. They used images to sequence the pictures and words from the story.

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They then wrote their own narrative about a Taniwha.

The children created a number of art pieces in response to learning about Taniwha such as a concertina Taniwha, a colourful Taniwha, they designed and created a Taniwha out of a number of objects

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The success criteria that the students worked towards for both of their own characters and the Taniwha were to have a title, interesting starter sentence, a character, setting, problem and how it was resolved.

Josef: I enjoyed making my Taniwha creation. We had to design it first and then we used polystyrene balls, pipe cleaners and anything else we wanted to use to create our Taniwha. We then had to check our draft design and altered the design to make it look like ours.

Sienna: I really liked making the concertina Taniwha because I had to fold the paper back and forth to make a fan with the paper and then I glued it to the Taniwha head and tail.  This made it look like it had a very long body.  

Keywords: Writing, Fairy tales, Fiction, Imaginative, Narrative, Taniwha, Reading, Horomatangi story.

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