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

Cohen Holloway – Hooked on Danger

Story starter by Cohen Holloway, Actor. 

One day out fishing, Pua accidently pulls up something quite unexpected!

“Pua cast his line from the dinghy and it snagged straight away. Uncle tried to help him reel it in but it wouldn’t budge. Suddenly the skies turned grey, the sea got choppy and a giant pirate ship bubbled up from the depths of the ocean, dwarfing uncle’s dinghy.”

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 Cohen

Cohen Holloway 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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