Reading Stories

Why we create them & why we share them

Series 1 | Lesson 12

Creators | Karys McEwen & Ben McKenzie

What is it about stories that makes us want to write, draw, and sing them?

Why do we tell stories and read them out aloud?

Hear storytellers talk about their favourite books, and the special stories that turned them into readers.

Key Concepts:

  • Why do we love telling stories
  • How to form good reading habits, make time to read and discover books
  • The purpose of story and storytelling

Take Aways:

  • Hints and tips for young readers
  • What we can gain from reading stories we love

Resources for Reading Stories

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students,

each with their own activities and supporting resources.

  • ‘My Shelfie Hunt’, a printable board game to help students find books they will love
  • A library activity for students to create their own list of books that help grow their empathy and understanding of the world around them
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"A great resource that taps into industry experts to break down the key elements of story writing - plus activities that are easy roll out!"

- Amelia, Primary & Secondary educator

About Reading Stories Creators

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie is a performer, writer, game designer and nerd for all seasons.

He teaches creative writing at 100 Story Building and as part of Collarts’ comedy degree.

Ben runs workshops in podcasting, crowdfunding, and games including Dungeons & Dragons and boardgames.

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Karys McEwen

Karys McEwen is the immediate past president of the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

She is also a school librarian, and is passionate about the role libraries and literature play in the wellbeing of young people.

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