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Story Starters

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education called for creative ideas that would encourage boys' learning and achievement.

So we created Story Starters, a set of 28 video resources to inspire New Zealand boys to get writing. 

The videos pose funny ideas and crazy situations that are made up by 8 to 12 year old boys.

It's fair to say that humour played a big part in this project with the videos featuring bacon wrapped cats, rugby playing pterodactyls, sneezing intergalactic noses, sewer monsters and underwater crocodile taxis.

Twelve of the videos feature well-known kiwi role models sharing a bit about what they do, and their experience of writing. They also offer an opening sentence for an exciting story learners are asked to make their own.

Eight animated videos bring these opening sentences to life. Each one finishes with the question "What happens next?" These provide a platform for discussion.

The remaining eight animated videos resolve the stories with ideas developed by New Zealand boys.

With carefully designed teacher support material provided, the Story Starters suite of resources is an exciting tool teachers can use to encourage creative thinking in boys. 

View all of the videos at the Ministry of Education's Success for Boys website.

We worked with our valued partners Dusk VFX (animation), Stem Creative (Video Production), Evaluation Associates (Educational expertise) on this project. Thanks you guys!

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