Here is my most successful unit! Every year, children produce fantastic writing. I have used it in Year 5, but it could be easily adapted for use in any Key Stage 2 class.
Although Morpurgo’s version of the classic poem is fantastic, this unit is based on a very short, simplified version of Beowulf (written as a story), which can be read quickly and used as a model for children’s writing. There is still plenty of rich vocabulary and figurative language to explore. I have included two versions of the model: a 500 word version and a more detailed 900 word version.
This carefully planned unit is three weeks long. Firtsly, children learn the story through a series of drama activities. Later on in the unit, they change the story, and retell it from the monster’s perspective - great fun! Finally, they create a legend of their own, using the pattern of Beowulf - a ‘defeating the monster’ pattern.
Of course, there is plenty of grammar, comprehension and vocabulary work included throughout (all in the ZIP folder). Many sessions and writing tasks (including the final outcome) are differentiated, for mixed ability classes. I have also given suggested passages for whole class shared writing - an essential part of teaching writing.
This unit is ready to go. Creative teachers (and children!) will enjoy getting stuck-in to this one.
Please also check out my new unit ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. It’s my most comprehensively resourced unit to date, with every lesson creatively planned in detail and many sessions resourced for SEN, EXP and GDS. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/theseus-and-the-minotaur-3-weeks-of-detailed-planning-fully-resourced-and-differentiated-11914692
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Myths and Legends, 10 weeks of fully planned and resourced lessons
I always seem to get the best writing from my class when there are strange creatures and beasts involved. If you do too, I think you'll love these plans and resources. Here are three of my favourite writing units. I have used them in Y4, Y5 and Y6. There is 3 weeks of myth writing, inspired by the traditional story 'The Asrai' (a mysterious lake creature). There is 3 weeks of legend writing, inspired by a short version of 'Beowulf'. There is 3 weeks of legend writing, inspired by a short version of 'Theseus'. There is 1 week of poetry writing, inspired by 'The Kraken'.
Beowulf fiction unit, Beowulf journalistic style unit and Beowulf sentence construction
I'll admit it! I'm a bit obsessed with 'Beowulf'. I do have a good reason: it inspires great writing. You are buying: * a mega three week fiction writing unit; * a four/five session journalistic style unit; * a sentence grammar activity that I use frequently - it can be adapted for any text and is worth revisiting often. Of course, they are all strictly 'Beowulf' themed. Get involved - you'll soon get the Beowulf bug.
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This has been so helpful working with a very low ability KS3 intervention group.
I really appreciate the review and am so happy the unit is helping your group. Please email me email@example.com and I will send you a similar unit to use.
Thank you so much for the review! I hope you have fun teaching the unit.
Fantastic resources thanks
Thanks! If your class enjoy 'Beowulf', please try my new non-fiction sessions on journalistic style. Children explore news reports before using events from 'Beowulf' to create their own - it works a treat.
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