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2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute.

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How to find the perfect words for your story

How to find the perfect words for your story

Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make language sparkle in their creative writing, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.

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How to write your 500 Words story

How to write your 500 Words story

So you’ve got your idea, and you’ve planned the plot. Now comes the hardest (but most rewarding) part – actually writing your story. Here are Christopher Edge’s top tips on how to get started.

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Creative writing

Creative writing

Are you a budding David Walliams or the next J. K. Rowling? Find top tips, videos, activities, and books to help unleash your inner author.

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My Best Short Story in 500 Words

My Best Short Story in 500 Words

A must-have write-in book for kids to put down their ideas, set the scene, choose their characters and craft their best short story in 500 words. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has prompts and ideas for building plot, action, characters and scenes. It also has suggestions for beginnings and endings to help children who are looking for a starting point.

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BBC 500 Words: Story idea generator

BBC 500 Words: Story idea generator

Pick a type or genre of story, character and setting and put them together to think up a story idea. You can pick and mix from every category or even throw your own ideas into the mix.

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Roald Dahl: Giant wanted

Roald Dahl: Giant wanted

Draw a picture of a murderful giant and label its body parts – from its foulsome teeth to its thirstbloody eyes…

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BBC 500 Words: Story buddies

BBC 500 Words: Story buddies

Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can help you to spot how to make your story even more awesome! Team up with a friend to swap your stories. Use the checklist to note down your thoughts about their story and suggest any improvements.

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BBC 500 Words: Character profile

BBC 500 Words: Character profile

Complete this character profile to collect ideas about the lead character in your story. Try to answer every question to find out what makes your character tick.

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How To Be A Young #Writer

How To Be A Young #Writer

Created to inspire and guide budding writers, this book covers tips and advice for plot, characterisation, world-building, tone, editing, and much more to turn initial ideas into powerful stories.

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