- Who is telling me this story?
- Why are they telling me this story?
- What does this story really mean?
- Facts are useful and information is very fine, but to get kids thinking, feeling and imagining, you can’t beat a good story.
- Journeys without tickets, adventures without medical bills, living six lives at once without needing extra shoes. Everything is possible in our imagination. Reading and writing are the passports that take us there.
- Once readers care what’s happening inside a character, they’ll follow that character to the end of the story, blissfully unaware of the language skills they’re picking up along the way.
- Everyone can write a story. You need two things. A character (you) facing a problem (the thing you’d most hate to happen to you today). Or the thing that has just happened …
- That’s why we read and write, to connect with our world and each other. Our imaginations have always been high speed and broadband. Now at last our communications technology is catching up.
- With high-speed internet, the whole world is a click away. Get the most from it. Ask questions. Who is telling me this story? Why are they telling me this story? What does this story really mean?
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Morris Gleitzman is working with nbn, to offer advice to parents and kids on navigating the online world. He also recently was a judge on the nbn Shoot for the Stars competition.