Workshop: Takarangi

Intended audience: Year 9 and above

Duration: 3 hours (in one session or spread over a number of days/weeks – whatever suits you best)

Technology: projector, screen, sound

Description:

This project encourages young people to consider the positive aspects of their cultures and inspiring people from their lives (past and present) in order to create a piece of writing that helps them as they move forward. The project will promote imaginative thinking, build writing confidence and help grow self-esteem. It uses an engaging concept to help students learn and practice strategies that will make them better writers, and more confident and connected people. The workshop is explicit about how to teach and support students to practice writing skills.

Writing skills learned include:

  • Writing brain warm ups
  • Making connections
  • Dynamic dialogue
  • Talking senses

Cost: $1000 plus travel costs (IRD travel rate -79c per km). You may be able to get funding assistance from Read NZ Te Pou Muramura.

There are also opportunities for students to share their writing with their families and the school community in a book, as a piece of art, or as a piece of drama. For example, if you choose the book option I will guide the students through the whole process of creating a book: planning, research, writing and editing, working with images, getting an ISBN, understanding copyright, design, promotion and a book launch at your school. Please see the Create Your Own Book option for more details.

“Feedback from the staff and young people that participated say that it was an awesome programme. Our staff said it was good to see the young people engaged in this programme with such a respectful facilitator, who wanted the best for the young people and engaged well with each of them. Everyone is excited to see the finished book of their writing. YES!!!! We would love to have David back in.”

Matavai Fatupaito. Korowai Manaaki Youth Justice Unit, Manukau.