I have just come to the end of a great 3 week block of work, using a lovely book as a stimulus. Children were enthused, they really interpreted character's actions. They understood the plot, they planned well using the same plot, gathered ideas........ And wrote garbage. Part of me thinks it was my fault as I was justifying actions out loud when I was modelling the write (although I didn't write them down), most children wrote down their reasons. We wrote fabulous sentences that showed suspense, very few children included any of these in their actual writing! I was going to give them just a simple stimulus tomorrow and ask them to write on a similar theme, just to see if they had been confused. What are people's opinions?