The Literacy Shed presents DADWAVERS, an app to help and inspire young writers and teachers to develop their narrative writing. There are seven genres broken down into three parts, word bank, model sentences, model text. Each of these can be used independently to aid budding story tellers.

The mnemonic DADWAVERS stands for Description, Action, Dialogue, Where, Adverb, Verb, Estimation of time, Rhetorical Questions and Simile & metaphor. The app provides examples of each sentence type that children can adapt and use in their writing.

The model texts in the app use one of each of the sentence types to create a coherent paragraph which can be used by teachers as a good example.

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Great example of structure leading to creativity


Used for the first time this week. Used with an image of the round city of Baghdad as part of history topic. Children imagined they were entering the city. Structured paragraphs with first sentence of each using DADWAVERS sentences. Structure worked well for all class. EAL learners supported by structure and then took it to the next level independently. More able asking if they could carry on writing more using the ideas presented. Very successful. Thanks.

Another gem from the Literacy Shed


As a long time user of the superb Literacy Shed resources, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the app. I wasn't disappointed!

It's packed packed full off of vocabulary and example sentence the pupils can adapt to use in their own writing.

It is well set out and easy to use, providing an excellent tool for students and teachers alike.
I have found it particularly useful for helping my pupils develop a sense of authors 'style'.

The genres listed in the app link closely to the wealth of video clips and other resources available on the Literacy Shed site. Between the two we are able to create some fantastic writing, from children who are inspired.

Top stuff!

Doesn’t work with new IOS update


This app is great; I use it with my set all the time. Unfortunately however the content doesn’t seem to load since the operating system was updated. Any chance this can be fixed?


Robert Smith
19.4 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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