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

Brian Falkner – Best First Day Ever

Story starter by Brian Falkner, children’s author. 

On his first day of school, William uses his superpowers to create a good impression.


“Everybody stood frozen in shock. Some gasped, others squealed; a teacher fainted.

William flipped up the secret panel on the arm of his wheelchair and yelled. 'Out of my way, I’m coming through!'"


Introduction to Story Starters, how they work to help inspire boys' writing, and practical examples of how to use the resource in the classroom.


Also, background information on how to help boys learn, including links to relevant research in this area.


Introduction by Brian

Brian Falkner introduces himself and his story starter.

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What happens next animated video

The animated story, ending at the climax of the story with the question "What happens next?"

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Complete animated video

The animated story plays out to its conclusion.

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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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