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The New Zealand Curiculum Online - Success for boys.

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Success for boys is a subsection of New Zealand Curiculum Online.

Dai Henwood – Runaway Robot Rampage

Story starter by Dai Henwood, Comedian.  

Hemi learns that there are problems with letting a robot do your household chores.

"Every weekend there was one job Hemi hated doing: mowing the lawns. He’d much rather be building his latest robot invention in the shed. That was it! What if Hemi could build a robot to mow the lawns?”

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 Dai

Dai Henwood 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 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.

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