Writing like a writer’ is a set of Powerpoint slides, each featuring a new word of the day. The purpose of this resource is to broaden the children’s vocabulary and is aimed at KS2/lower KS3.
The document displays the word, definition and example as well as a short writing task and in each Powerpoint there are 30 slides (enough for 18 weeks if used daily). The tasks are designed to be creative writing opportunities and so are very varied in theme! The word of the day does not necessarily ‘fit’ with the writing task, but as the children build up their vocabulary bank they should be able to use previous words to enhance their short piece of writing. This activity is designed to take about 10 minutes, and so can be used as a starter or daily activity during an allocated slot, e.g. register time.
The way I have used this in the past is:
- introduce the word, children repeat it aloud a few times
- explain the definition and read through the example
- children write down the word and the meaning in a vocabulary book
- children complete the writing task, trying to use the new word or one of the previous words.