Series 3 | Lesson 2
Creators | Emily Gale & Shirley Marr
In this lesson, Shirley and Emily will share their tips for writing amazing plot twists. And they’ll teach us how we can build in story surprises to keep our readers on their toes.
This lesson introduces students to plot twists – unexpected events and unpredictable turns that add excitement to a story. Students will gain tools for planning a story that doesn’t follow the most predictable, obvious path. And they will explore how they can re-energise their writing by challenging themselves to be original and inventive.
Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.
Shirley Marr is a CBCA award-winning children’s author of ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ and ‘All Four Quarters of the Moon’.
Her own voice novels emphasise the importance of kindness, empathy, learning through imaginative play and resilience. Her latest novel is ‘Countdown to Yesterdays’.
Emily Gale has worked as a children’s book editor, a book buyer for Readings, a reader for a literary agent, and a writer-in-residence in a high school library.
Her novels have been shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the WA Young People’s Literature Award, and the Aurealis Award.
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