Greg Broadmore – Captain Taniwha and the Sticky Space Snot
Story starter by Greg Broadmore, Weta Workshop Artist.
Captain Taniwha must avoid crashing into Earth in his snot-covered space ship.
“With a squelching slimy splat, green blobs of interplanetary space-snot smothered the cockpit of Captain Taniwha’s rocket ship—he was blinded, and even worse, on a high speed collision course with Earth…”
These Teacher Support Materials provides an introduction to Story Starters, how they work to help inspire boys writing, and practical examples of how to use the resource in the classroom. There is also background information on how to help boys learn, including links to relevant research in this area.
Introduction by Greg
Greg Broadmore introduces himself and his story starter.
What happens next animated video
The animated story, ending at the climax of the story with the question, "What happens next?"
Complete story animated video
The animated story plays out to its conclusion.
How to use these videos in class
Story Starters can be used in a variety of ways to help boys engage with writing and inspire them to write more. The videos provide many opportunities for watching, discussing, responding, recording, clarifying, communicating, reflecting, comparing, contrasting, evaluating and writing. The teacher should be explicit that one of the main purposes of this resource is to help the boys see why getting better at writing is important.