Building Excitement, Engagement & Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd

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In this section, I present videos and teacher notes for a range of writing lessons. There are two free samples at the top of the page and to access the others here, or the Murray Talks videos, you will need to have an active membership subscription.

These video lessons are aimed at all educators, teachers and learning motivators who wish to 'build excitement, engagement & achievement in writing' and are made with the belief that teachers can make a difference for all students, regardless of their level of ability.

They are developed around a long-term goal of students becoming motivated, independent writers, who are able to communicate confidently, proficiently and with impact.

More video lessons are added regularly. To find out more, please click here.

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Murray Gadd reads “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” – for Year 4-8 students

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This Video Lesson features Dr Murray Gadd PhD, reading “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” (by Drew Daywalt) – for Year 4-8 students. The is a read-to lesson and is designed to spark fun and imaginative discussion / writing. This video was recorded and published during the August 2021 COVID19 lock-down. Sharing Usually, we ask you to share the video … Read More

Murray Gadd reads “Busting” for Year 1-8 students

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This Video Lesson features Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reading Busting (by Aaron Blabey) read to session for Year 1-8 students The is a read-to lesson is designed for fun and imaginative writing. This video was recorded and published during the August 2021 COVID19 lock-down. Sharing Usually, we ask you to share the video lessons with your class – either face … Read More

Murray Gadd reads “Billy – A Lolly Leopold Story” – a reading-writing lesson for Year 5-8 students

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This Video Lesson features Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reading “Billy – A Lolly Leopold Story” (by Kate de Goldi) – a reading-writing lesson for Year 5-8 students. Although I’ve labelled it for Year 5-8 students, it may also be useful for some more able Year 3-4 students.  It’s another lesson in which students are encouraged … Read More

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Murray Gadd reads “Diary Of A Worm” – a fun writing lesson for Year 2-6 students

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This Video Lesson features Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reading “Diary Of A Worm” (by Doreen Cronin). The lesson is designed for fun and imaginative writing. It requires students to select an animal and write some humorous diary entries for that animal. This video was recorded and published during the August 2021 COVID19 lock-down. Sharing Usually, we ask you to share … Read More

Murray Gadd Reads “The Rascally Cake” for Year 2-6 students

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This Video Lesson features Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reading “The Rascally Cake” (by Jeanne Willis and Korky Paul) The lesson requires students to write their own imaginary recipes. It is a model of how to undertake an approach to procedural writing. This video was recorded and published during the August 2021 COVID19 lock-down. Sharing Usually, we ask you to share … Read More

Murray Gadd Reads Keys for Year 4-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Keys” by Sacha Cotter. This video is primarily aimed at Year 4 – 8 students.  Sharing Usually, we ask you to share the video lessons with your class – either face to face … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads Ernest the Elephant for NE-Y1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Ernest the Elephant” by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at NE-Year 1 students.  Sharing Usually, we ask you to share the video lessons with your class – either face to face … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Zoo” for Year 5 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Zoo” by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at Year 5 – 8 students.  Sharing Usually, we ask you to share the video lessons with your class – either face to face … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Handa’s Hen”

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from the picture book “Handa’s Hen” by Eileen Browne. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 1-3 students. “Handa’s Hen” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is to reflect on and write … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Herbert The Brave Sea Dog”

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from the very dramatic picture book “Herbert, the Brave Sea Dog” by Robyn Belton. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 4-8 students. “Herbert, the Brave Sea Dog” – Purpose: The purpose for … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Hachiko: A Loyal Dog” for Year 2-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from the very moving picture book “Hachiko: A Loyal Dog”. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 2-8 students, but mainly younger students. “Hachiko: A Loyal Dog” – Purpose: The purpose for this … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Uncle Glenn and Me” for Year 3 – 6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from the very funny picture book “Uncle Glenn and Me” by Glenn Colquhoun. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 3-6 students. “Uncle Glenn and Me” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson … Read More

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What Do Teachers Do After You Leave School for Year 3-6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “What Do Teachers Do After YOU Leave School?” by Anne Bowen. This writing lesson is primarily aimed at Year 3-6 students, though it could also be undertaken with junior students and could certainly … Read More

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Murray Gadd Writes a Senses Poem about “My Holidays” for Year 1-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray talk about his holidays and write a ‘senses poem’ based on this talk. This video could be used with any group of Year 1 – 8 students. It would obviously need to be adapted for junior students.  … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Haere – Farewell, Jack, Farewell” for Year 3 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Haere – Farewell, Jack, Farewell” by Tim Tipene. This video is primarily aimed at Year 3 – 8 students.  “Haere – Farewell, Jack, Farewell” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads ‘Treasure Box’ for Year 5-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “The Treasure Box” by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood. This video is primarily aimed at Year 5 – 8 students.  “The Treasure Box” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for students … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Down the Back of the Chair” for Year 2-4 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Down the Back of the Chair” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Polly Dunbar. This video is primarily aimed at Year 2-4 students.  “Down the Back of the Chair” – Purpose: The … Read More

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Murray Gadd reads “How Do You Feel?” for NE & Year 1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “How Do You Feel?” written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at NE-Yr.1 students.   “How Do You Feel?” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for students to … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads “Sunday Chutney” for Year 4 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Sunday Chutney” by Aaron Blabey. This video is primarily aimed at Year 4 – 8 students.  “Sunday Chutney” – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is just for students to have fun with … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes About the Rain Cycle for Year 5 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray writing about the rain cycle, calling on his existing knowledge of this scientific phenomenon. This video is primarily aimed at Year 5 – 8 students.  The Rain Cycle – Purpose: The purpose for this lesson is for … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry…” for Year 1-2 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry…” written and illustrated by Molly Bang. This video is primarily aimed at Year 1-2 students.   “When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry…” – Purpose: … Read More

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Murray Gadd Writes About Kangaroos for Year 1 – 2 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray writing about kangaroos, using information from an illustration. This video is primarily aimed at Year 1 – 2 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & April 2020) Kangaroos – … Read More

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Murray Gadd Writes About Gorillas for Year 4 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray writing about gorillas, having got information from the non-fiction text “Ape” by Martin Jenkins. This video is primarily aimed at Year 4 – 8 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Voices in the Park” for Year 6-10 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Voices in the Park” written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at Year 6 – 10 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “The Word Collector” for Year 1 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and talking about “The Word Collector” by Peter H. Reynolds. This video is aimed at Year 1 – 8 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & April 2020) … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “The Truth According to Arthur” for Year 3 – 6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “The Truth According to Arthur” by Tim Hopgood. This video is primarily aimed at Year 3 – 6 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” for Year 6 – 10 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” by Mordecai Gerstein. This video is primarily aimed at Year 6 – 10 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Roly the Anzac Donkey” for Year 3 – 8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Roly the Anzac Donkey” written by Glyn Harper. This video is primarily aimed at Year 3 – 8 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & … Read More

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Free Sample: Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Our Granny” for Year 2-4 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Our Granny” written by Margaret Wild. This video is primarily aimed at Year 2-4 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & April 2020) Scroll down for the video or click … Read More

Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “My Mum” for Year 1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Motivation and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “My Mum” written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. This video is primarily aimed at Year 1 students.  It was originally made during the Covid-19 lockdown March-April 2020  “My Mum” – Purpose: The purpose … Read More

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Free Sample: Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Library Mouse” for Year 3 – 6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading “Library Mouse” by Daniel Kirk and thinking about writing as a result of the reading. This video is primarily aimed at Year 3 – 6 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & April … Read More

Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Demolition” for Year 1 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Demolition” written by Sally Sutton. This video is primarily aimed at Year 1 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & April 2020) “Demolition” – Purpose: … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type” for Year 4 – 6 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd reads’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin. This video is primarily aimed at Year 4 – 6 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown … Read More

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Murray Gadd Reads & Writes from “Good News Bad News” for Years 3-8 students

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In this episode of ‘Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr. Murray Gadd’, we watch Murray reading and writing from “Good News Bad News” by Colin McNaughton. This video is primarily aimed at Year 3 – 8 students. It was originally broadcast by Murray on YouTube during the Covid-19 lockdown (March & April … Read More

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