Slow writing is a great way to progress the skills of:
- writing meta-cognition; and
You can use slow writing in many formats. The Fight - A planning sheet resource uses a fight between a spider and a mantis as the stimulus to cover a range of slow writing opportunities. The stimulus video is called Kung Fu Mantis Vs Jumping Spider - Life Story by the BBC.
You can use a series of images or a short video as the stimulus for a modelled or shared writing session, where you prepare the writing prompts, then ask the class to think of examples.
Stimuli for Slow Writing
Nature programmes provide short, dramatic clips that can give your pupils effective stimulus material to practise slow writing strategies. Images from wild life programmes can be very effective as starting points for descriptive writing and character development. For example, the BBC clip Sengi racetrack (elephant shrew) lives life in the fast lane.