Students from Wolverhampton Schools in the UK are working in four groups to create the ultimate version of Charlie’s Miserable Month.
Students will engage in imaginative storytelling while improving their core writing skills.
Students will feel the excitement of writing and sharing ideas with their peers before then voting for their favorites.
Students will write then share within their cross-schools groupings to complete the story.
Inspired by the popularity and suspense of current day spelling bees, BoomWriter has developed a new concept centered on competitive storytelling. In the first ever BoomWriter Writing Bee, all 4th and 5th grade Milton Public Schools students will compete over the course of four weeks to be Storytelling Champions!
Using the BoomWriter process, students will engage in successive rounds of story-writing and peer review, for what will become a district-wide story. Each round in the Writing Bee becomes increasingly competitive, as the top vote-getters move forward with a chance to have their chapter entered into the story that will then be published as a paperback book.
The Writing Bee will culminate with a Publishing Party, where every participating student will be able to receive their very own copy of the book they have purchased. Plus 50% of the profits from each book will go back to the Milton Public Schools PTO, so let's buy copies for Grandma and Uncle Stew as well.
The Milton Writing Bee will follow a cycle of students writing, reading, and voting on entries for the next chapter of the story. The entire process is anonymous, fair, and super fun!
At their individual schools, the 4th and 5th grade students will be introduced to The Writing Bee by their teachers and administrators. They will read the story’s first chapter, also referred to as the ‘story start’, and The Writing Bee will be underway!
Each week, all students write and submit their version of the story’s next chapter. Top vote getters’ pieces will be considered for entry into the story each week, and the most popular submission will win the honor of serving as the book’s final chapter.
All students write and vote. Top 40 vote-getting students (10 from each school) advance.
All students write and vote. Top 20 vote-getting students (5 from each school) advance.
All students write and vote. Top 4 vote-getting students (1 from each school) advance.
All students write and vote. 1 student writer named the Milton Writing Bee Storytelling Champion!
Real copies of the final story will be available for purchase through BoomWriter. These published paperbacks will include the names of all chapter winners, as well as the names of all student participants who have supported the writing, reading, and voting process!
At the end of the competition, all participants and their families will be invited to attend The Milton Writing Bee Publishing Party. This celebration will include refreshments, distribution of the published books, and a guest appearance from a real former childhood actor! Jeff Cohen (a.k.a. Chunk from the film ‘The Goonies’), who wrote The Bee’s story start and starred in the film from which it was inspired (but with a Milton twist), will be joining us all the way from Hollywood for a guest appearance and book signing!
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