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Rodney Cook - Try Tackling a Pterodactyl

Story starter by Rodney Cook, stuntman.

A zombie pterodactyl wants to play rugby. Can he learn the rules before the big game?

“A giant zombie pterodactyl has taken a liking to roost on the rugby goal posts on the eve of the biggest match of the season. It’s up to team captain Rangi and his prop forwards to get rid of the giant beast.”

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 Rodney

Rodney Cook introduces himself and his story starter.

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Story animation - What happens next?

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

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Complete story 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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