Myths & legends – the e2bn literacy tools national curriculum linkages – english ks2 As well as encouraging an interest in reading and listening, the Myths and Legends site is proving very effective at inspiring children to write

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As well as encouraging an interest in reading and listening, the Myths and Legends site is proving very effective at inspiring children to write. It provides both the stimuli and the tools to enable children to do this easily, along with a huge range of ICT opportunities.
Apart from the appeal of the stories themselves, a major stimulus is the knowledge that their own story or work will be published on the website and read by people, not only from their school or their area, but from the whole world! And people will know they are the authors. What an audience!

“Better make sure we make it really good!”

On the site, the children and teachers can find a variety of tools and suggestions to help create attractive and interesting stories.
To aid in the planning of a story, there is a Storyboard template that can be used for preparing animations, making movies or analyzing stories.

Composition 1a, Planning and drafting 2a.

The Story Creator is a terrific tool; easy to use, it enables children to take their story board and turn it into an illustrated story which can then be viewed online worldwide. It contains backgrounds scenes, characters and ‘props’ which the children can place, size, flip; they can then use the space below each picture created, to write their text to go with each scene. They then move onto the next scene, redrafting as necessary, until their story is complete and they save it for the world to view.

Composition 1a,b,c,d,e Planning and drafting 2b,c,d,e Range of purposes for writing 9a
Researching and publishing a real myth or legend from their own area, is an extremely interesting and rewarding exercise for children.

A lesson plan: My local myth or legend is based on pupils doing just that. They are able to illustrate their story with their own picture or photograph or use one from the Image Gallery. The children are encouraged to write about the origins of their story and submit the story and origins via the easy-to-use upload area, which will enable it to be displayed with all the other Myths and Legends. This is an easy medium through which to teach many of the National Curriculum requirements, since children can see the purpose of doing their work well.

Similarly, the children can publish newly invented Myths and Legends, perhaps in response to explanations of how something came to be, as in The Devil's Favourite Game or The Legend of Devil's Dyke or a natural phenomenon, or maybe they will be inspired by a tale like The Giant Jack O'Legs to create a notorious person or hero . Composition 1a,b,c,d,e Planning and drafting 2a,b,c,d,e,f Punctuation 3 Standard English 6a Language Structure 7a,b,c,d Range of Purposes for writing 9a,b,d

There is such a variety of responses that children can make to the stories they read, and the Myths and Legends site welcomes work of all kinds and has the facility to display whatever it might be eg a picture, video or animation. If this kind of work is new to pupils and teachers, a lot of helpful resources are available on the site to get you started and guide you on the way:

In the Teachers’ Resources area there are 3 lesson plans for creating an animation which go into considerable detail and are very easy to use.

Animating a myth part 1 - the storyboard , part 2 - creating characters & settings , part 3 - creating the animation

In addition, in the How To area, you can find helpful documents including:

A guide on how to prepare your story for animating.

A guide showing how to create and animate clay figures
How to use Movie Maker 2 is a guide to assist teachers and students wishing to create their own movies and perhaps use images, sounds and video clips from the E2BN Myths and Legends site and other archives, to develop their own stories.
The E2BN Sound Gallery provides an exciting range of illustrative sounds and in the How To area there are tips for Choosing and using sound effects and also on

How to find or create music for your animation.

Once the response to the story has been produced, there is a very easy upload area in Create your own , enabling children to display their work to the world.

Composition 1a,b,c,e Planning and drafting 2a,b,c,d,e,f Standard English 6a Range of Purposes for writing 9a,b Reading for information 3a,c,e Literature 4h
The important skill of Reading aloud is also positively encouraged within the E2BN website. To begin with, children can listen to the various narrators of the stories, then discuss and to try and analyse why they are easy to listen to, and not boring.
They can then be encouraged to read their work to each other. In the How To area, How to read aloud gives some useful tips for children preparing to read aloud. And, when ready, they can go to Create your own and make a video of themselves reading their story aloud. All they need is a webcam and a microphone attached to the computer and the site takes them step by step through the process of recording themselves, and uploading the results for others to enjoy.

Speaking 1a,b,c,d,e,f, 8a,b Listening 9a,b,c Language variation 6a,b

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