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There was discussion of the content of the story itself. Chapter One sets the scene, Chapters Two, Three and Four are adventures of Daisy in space, while Chapter Five has to round up the story and end it neatly, particularly from Daisy's point of view, with some mention of the Pinkerellian Rose Cup foreshadowed in Chapter One.
Each school or class wrote their chapters in a different way, but it was up to the teachers to co-ordinate it within the school (although some of the early schools were able to have workshop visits from Jamila Gavin). In the UK, all the children were Year 5 or 6. Each school was expected to send one version to the Editors at the end of the week, and be prepared to edit it the following week.
"A merry bunch from my class took to the task with enthusiasm and delight," said Mr R Jackson, Brampton Ellis C of E Junior School, Wath upon Dearne, South Yorkshire, UK
"The school opened a networked computer room in the autumn term and thought this would be a brilliant project to start them off. The class working on the project was a mixed class of Year 5 and 6 children." South Deal Primary School, Kent, UK
"The children that participated in this writing activity were from the Gifted and Talented class." Houser Intermediate School, Conroe, Texas, USA
"To write our chapter, four children who particularly enjoy writing were picked out to write the story as a group." Porchester Junior School, Nottingham, UK
"The class that has been working on the project is a class of year 5/6 students (10-12 year olds). They have been working under the supervision of a fourth year trainee teacher." Stratford Primary School, Stratford, Victoria, Australia
"Our chapter is mostly from one child, but with many of the other children's ideas incorporated. We had around 30 versions of the chapter from different individuals and pairs of pupils, and I helped produce a composite version." Dunalley Primary School, Cheltenham, UK
"We wrote in groups for about a week, then voted (individually, by secret ballot!) on the one that was liked the best. It was a tough decision! We had several really good creations." Houser Intermediate School, Conroe, Texas, USA
"The [children] initially worked in three cooperative groups to come up with a draft for the final chapter. These were all combined and aspects of each group's chapter were used in the final draft." Stratford Primary School, Stratford, Victoria, Australia
"We have had great fun participating in this cyber
story, gathering our ideas together in groups, writing parts of the chapter
individually and then putting it all together." Leckhampton C E Primary
School, Cheltenham, UK
"All the children wrote their own endings to the story and then helped to illustrate the chosen Chapter 5." Kingfisher Primary School, Solihull
"The kids loved this. I read a chapter a day and
they drew while I read, then we decided on the illustrations we wanted.
We talked about how the characters need to look the same throughout the
story." St Julie Billiart School, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
"The two year 6 classes are studying the Victorians this term, and therefore "Daisy and the Intergalactic Travelling Salesmen" formed a very useful link between our historical and literacy studies." Kingfisher Primary School, Solihull
The children had to enter their stories into the computer.
This acitivity allows the class teacher to monitor the children's ICT
skills (loading, saving, editing, use of the mouse and keyboard etc.),
and can assist with the ICT assessment for the term.
Overall there were several possible links to other areas of the curriculum which schools found it difficult to make the most of.
"The students had a lot of fun with this activity and love the idea that people from all over the world will be able to read a story that was a joint effort from different countries." Houser Intermediate School, Conroe, Texas, USA
"My advice to other schools taking part in a project like this is to start early, it takes ages to decide on redrafting etc., and this gets more interesting as the storyline proceeds, and continuity has to be checked." from Mrs J. Wilson. Dunalley Primary School, Cheltenham, UK
"Reading other stories I think everyone had fun with this. I know my kids felt those who went before us wrote quite well. I hope the kids realize how hard it is to write good, not long! :) I know we have tried, we have worked as a class, as groups of two back to a class and we had two volunteers to clean up any mistakes they felt we still had," comments teacher Ms. J. Stringer. St Julie Billiart School, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
"The class really enjoyed working on the project and are looking forward to the final result." Stratford Primary School, Stratford, Victoria, Australia
You may find Widden's name in the story twice, as they were the only school who were so enthusiastic they wrote a second chapter! Ms C. Taylor's class wrote a chapter in the last term of one year, and a new class wrote the other at the start of the new school year. They wrote a couple of great chapters in spite of undergoing a mini-inspection and having email difficulties! (Widden Primary School, Gloucester, UK)
See Planet of Dreams for a teachers' template for writing a story like this with your class
Teachers' Notes written 3rd August 2002
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