Twenty of our Year 8 boys spent four fabulous days creating and writing fantasy stories, based on their quest into the Land of Remorse (aka Roma Street Parklands) to retrieve an object held by an evil power and free the land from its clutches. This included exploring augmented reality apps at the Tunnel of Terror, the Epic Citadel, the Eerie Escarpment and the Fiendish Forest, and participating in teamwork activities at the Field of Doom, the Stone Table, the Cursed Quicksand and the Armoury. Local author, Simon Cleary, challenged the boys to make their writing more descriptive, and many of the activities and/or locations found their way into different groups’ stories.
The culmination of the program involved the boys proudly explaining to parents and visitors what the program was about, what each of the activities involved, and showing samples of their stories. While writing a collaborative story from different characters’ perspectives was the intended outcome, the boys’ learning went far beyond this and included:
- Collaborating with people who were not close friends,
- Inclusivity and respecting differences,
- Actively listening to each other,
- Following instructions,
- Being prepared,
- Creative thinking,
- Problem solving,
- Taking initiative,
- Being persistent but resilient,
- Reflecting on character strengths,
- Reflecting on successes and how to improve.
To see more of the ideas on which this program was based visit Spring Hill Young Writers Group.