Elaine Forrestal

Writing workshops for Junior Primary

Dura­tion: 1 or 2 hours
Num­ber of stu­dents: Ide­ally, one class group per ses­sion (max­i­mum of 30 stu­dents)
Pre­sen­ter: Props for play per­for­mance
Some­thing to write on
Some­thing to write or draw with
(eg. draft paper, lined or unlined, coloured pen­cils, textas)


Stu­dents will be shown the pic­ture book, Miss Llewellyn-Jones. This will be read to them and the pic­tures dis­cussed up to the point where the pegs snap and Teddy is blown off the clothes line.

After a gen­eral dis­cus­sion of what they think might have hap­pened to Teddy, the stu­dents will be asked to write their own story of Teddy’s alter­na­tive adventures.

  • Where did he go?
  • What did he do/see?
  • How did he finally make his way home?
  • If he did not, where is he now and what is he doing?


After a short ques­tion and answer or meet-the-author ses­sion the stu­dents’ own sto­ries will be dis­cussed with a view to turn­ing one of them, or a com­bi­na­tion of sev­eral, into a sim­ple play.


Stu­dents will be asked to vol­un­teer to take on the roles of the char­ac­ters and per­form the play using a few sim­ple props.

Other options

Sto­ries from A Glass­ful of Gig­gles and Rain­bow Jack­ets can also be turned into plays or used in other inter­ac­tive ways with the students.

Sto­ries that the stu­dents have writ­ten dur­ing the first half of the work­shop can be devel­oped into pic­ture books or an anthol­ogy for the class library.