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

Levi Hawken - The Great Skateboard Mystery

Story starter by Levi Hawken, Skateboard Legend. 

Hospitalised, Nico must piece together his day to find out what happened to him and his skateboard.

“Nico wakes up in hospital, both legs and both arms in plaster, his skateboard broken in two, and he doesn’t know why… the only thing he can remember is walking up a massive hill with his skateboard and his dog.”

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 Levi

Levi Hawken 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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