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Tackling an assigned writing activity, year 2: first ask why, what is the purpose of the lesson.
Point out to the child that people start to do this naturally when they are talking from a fairly early age. If we want to share some information about an event or activity that happened, something we saw or read or just did, we usually start with a few words that form an introduction, which gets the other person's attention.
For example, my 7 year old grandson did this yesterday. He said, "Do you want to know about a funny thing I saw?" That's the introduction. I said okay and he then went into detail about the action and punchline and then concluded by telling me where he saw it (a video). He's getting the gist of how to have a conversation and the basic structure of story telling.
His mum can tick that off the curriculum outcomes checklist!
Because he is an avid reader he'll be picking up naturally (without consciously noticing it) that authors use this structure all the time in story telling. Even if he wasn't an avid reader, he'd be noticing it in the same way when his parents or siblings read to him.
One day, when he becomes more proficient at holding a pen or better at typing on a keyboard, and has a story to tell and I'm not in earshot, he can communicate it by writing. He'll already know how to arrange that because of the many conversations he's had where people have listened attentively and responded to the information he's imparted. And then, if he wants or needs to communicate that to a broader audience, he can learn some quick tips on how to structure and organise his text, because by then it will all make sense.
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