This excel spreadsheet uses Alan Peat's blog from October 2011 to link his exciting sentences to levels - (a rough guide) The use will be dependent on your class.\nWe are going to use in school to introduce the sentence types when children reach a certain level. It is not perfect but you may find it useful too.
My kids love these posters. I adapt them with what the children are interested in and they make a lovely display. These are for the higher level sentence types as there are a few out there already for the more simple sentences.
A really simple resource which could be used for a homework. Students asked to collect key quotes on each character in Act 1. I have only used a few speech bubbles around each character in order to get students evaluating quotes. Which are the most important? Which could they easily remember in an exam situation? Could easily be adapted for other acts.
AQA Controlled Assessment prep - how are emotions presented in the poem. An introductory lesson for low ability class. Unfortuantely I cannot attach the key words document but you can easily do this using www.wordle.net
This is a whopping 95 page word doc. containing all 30 of my grammar games. This represents a fair few evenings and weekends (I know - get a life!). All of these games have been tested in class and adjusted if needed - they have a real impact on learning.
For each grammar skill there is:
a child friendly explanation of the grammar concept; printable rules and resources for a lively dice game; suggestions to challenge or support learners; suggestions for application of the skill in written work.
For some grammar games there is also a lesson plan and a presentation.
Here are some of the skills covered:
commands, questions and statements/ simple and compound sentences/ adverbs/ proper nouns/ classifying nouns/ contractions/ pronouns/ prepositions/prepositional phrases/ apostrophes/ adjectives/ sentence variety/ parentheses/semi-colons/ discussion/ persuasion/ complex sentences / causal connectives/ fronted adverbials/ speech/ relative clauses/ modal verbs
This one works a treat!
Fronted adverbials should now be taught from Year 3 upwards and this is a useful way in - it will also stretch talented KS2 writers.
This dice-based activity encourages children to add a wide variety of fronted adverbials to a main clause.
The game is differentiated into three different versions. In its simplest version, less confident writers can pick appropriate adverbs to open sentences. In the most challenging version writers must elaborate and include more than one adverbial at the start of the sentence. This can produce some stunning sentence work.
My class have been able to apply this skill in their own writing and I'm sure yours will too.
There is a presentation to provide your class (or any less confident teachers) with the knowledge needed to use the activity creatively.
NEW! I have added a new game 'Warrior Swords!' to develop the skill of varying the length of fronted adverbials. It is more challenging than the other 3 versions attached.
I hope you find the games as useful as I have.
A unit of work based on the book by Claire Freedman. Includes work on title, author, illustrator, blurb, similes, commas, apostrophes, long vowels and a sequencing task. Also includes a writing task. Slides can be edited and printed out to make worksheets.