Mighty Writer

Mighty Writer

Mighty Writer was designed by a teacher for teachers. It is a brand new, innovative and multisensory resource that quickly transforms children’s literacy. Teachers rate it 9.7/10.  It teaches the whole process of learning to write from speaking in simple sentences through to planning and editing increasingly complex and sophisticated stories. It uses images, symbols and colours to help children structure and recall sentences with ease. Furthermore, it works with all other teaching strategies including Talk for Writing and Read Write Inc. Its genius is in its simplicity as it visualises the whole of the writing process and has everything in one place.

It is a whole-school, whole-class resource. Its core age range is for 4-7 years, however it can be used with children of all abilities from those who are reluctant to speak to the very able. The visual approach is excellent for use with children with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Since launching in the summer of 2016, Mighty Writer is transforming literacy in over 170 schools and 12 countries.

It teaches fictional and non-fictional writing and enables children to become independent and competent writers.

Contents

The Mighty Writer process is one centred on a mat that enables children to create or recount their own stories. Around its perimeter are various toolbars, each contributing to the make-up of the tale. The right toolbar contains sculpted punctuation, the left sculpted sentence openers and conjunctions.

The accompanying top tool bars house images linked to a variety of topics and themes, aiding teachers throughout the academic year. A standard set is made-up of illustrations depicting locations, living things, objects and environments. Extra themed images on toolbars can be purchased separately.


Significantly, Mighty Writer equips teachers to demonstrate each part of the writing process – whether it be retelling, planning, editing or creating. They control the type and amount of images within the toolbar, as well as the number of sentence openers, conjunctions and symbols to be included at any stage. A visual aid, Mighty Writer helps teachers focus their teaching accordingly.

Process

Just how Mighty Writer is introduced will be dependent on the ability of the child. Some may be encouraged to begin creating a story map of images alone, introducing sentence mats gradually. Over time however they will form structured sentences which grow in complexity as and when their skills develop.

The sentence mats themselves are sculpted to fit the words at hand. Sentence openers, conjunctions and punctuation form scaffolding around each sentence, underlining the need for good grammar. Additional symbols come in the shape of adjectives, emotions, verbs and adverbs and these tiles can be placed anywhere on the mat, allowing a story to flow with the use of arrows between sentences.

Every child will ultimately build a story sentence by sentence, all with a coherent structure. Thereafter they are encouraged to revisit, amend, improve and expand the story as much as possible.

The Mighty Writer approach is a visual one, ensuring it is fun and easy to use. That enjoyment will reap instant rewards, as children create stories that not only boast a comprehensive structure but make sense and flow as intended. They can retell their story as many times as they need to - or the teacher feels necessary - until they feel completely at ease with it.

Transcribing

Once a story is laid out in pictorial form the next step is to transcribe it. The aforementioned scaffolding that surrounds each sentence will allow children to transcribe very easily – all whilst using sentence openers, capitals, conjunctions, adjectives, verbs and punctuation correctly.

To enable pupils to work both individually or in pairs, Mighty Writer invites teachers to print off headed A3/A4 Mighty Writer plans. Every sheet contains a series of sentences printed upon it, complete with a symbol key that allows children to create stories in the same manner, and with the same symbols, as they do the main mat. Most importantly, these are differentiated to meet the requirements of different learners.

There are plenty of video testimonials on our website. Here are comments from the trade press and teachers.

"Mighty Writer is what primary teaching is all about: sleeves rolled up, hands-on, playing with language and getting linguistically muddy so children can experience the different textures of words". Teach Primary

“The engagement was through the roof with my (not keen on writing) reception boys vying with each other to plan their story first. What I'm most pleased with though is the content and length of the writing of my Year 1 writers”. Rachel Brabbon, Teacher

"A pioneering belter of a resource". Teach Primary

“… in just 2 weeks we have already seen an improvement in the children's writing, especially the boys!". Emma Foyle, Deputy Head

“Mighty Writer really motivates and inspires children to write while enabling them to become more confident in their literacy shills”. Optimus Education