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Roald Dahl: Full Writing Scheme of Work

Roald Dahl: Full Writing Scheme of Work

A Full scheme of work covering writing objectives using various of Roald Dahl's works (including Matilda and The BFG). It is easy to differentiate for KS 2 (7-11 year olds) and KS3 (11-14 year olds)and contains many worksheets for activities including vocabulary and punctuation use as well as descriptive and creative writing techniques.

By asadler79

Literary Devices Display

Literary Devices Display

Intended to be printed and laminated for a wall display on literary devices. Uses examples from a lot of modern films (lots of Harry Potter!) to make explanations clear and relevant to pupils. I hope it comes in handy.

By ameliapeelia

KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

Children loved making pizzas at our Italian pizza class. Resources have been exported from an Activ-primary flip-chart. (Which also includes Italian Pizzeria style music.) Fun to play when the children are making their pizzas or working. If you would like original please message me.Check out my other resources at - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/jreadshaw

By jreadshaw

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

Resources to introduce dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature conventions to AS students, but also suitable for GCSE or KS3 students. Designed to lead to a comparative essay on 'The Road' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' but easily adaptable for your choice of novels or to stand alone as a study of the four short stories included.

By archev

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

A variety of Literacy TasksWord mat provides useful words and phrases to support writing tasks.Pirate Character Description Sheet with Writing Prompts and Graphics Island Setting for a pirate adventure with further writing promptsSimple Drawing TasksLabel a PirateSentence StripsMapping TaskA great additional resource for a pirates topic. I would be delighted to receive feedback.

By Alice K

Teacher Excel Markbook

Teacher Excel Markbook

This excel spreadsheet can be used to record student's grades. Using a 1-10 system you can record their marks and it will automatically average the grade. If you enter J, K or L in capitals (which is converted into a smiley face) in the effort column it will also average their effort grade. This provides formative feedback and allows progress to be monitored. This is a concept and could easily be adapted for specific use, i.e. Assessment without levels, BTEC etc.

By InformingEducation

Great Fire Of London - Storyboards and Sequencing

Great Fire Of London - Storyboards and Sequencing

Three differentiated worksheets, suitable for Year 1 & 2 pupils. 1 - Storyboard sheet with pictures and lines underneath for able writers to write each part of the story.2 - Storyboard sheet with pictures and parts of the story with gaps for pupils to fill in.3 - Complete storyboard in the wrong order for less able pupils to cut out and sequence.

By spursfan1983

Topic spellings - Roald Dahl

Topic spellings - Roald Dahl

A list of differentiated spellings on the topic of Roald Dahl, including various characters and book titles. This could be adapted to make a word bank if needed.

By pianocookie

Spring  and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring /Easter Poetry Learning Intention : to compose Spring Poems/ Easter PoemsPowerPoint presentation which provides a stimulus for a variety of poetry forms- including acrostic style and free verse.Some Spring poems to read, enjoy and perform. Vocabulary and word wall is provided to stimulate composition . In addition, some clip art and a few pro formas for 2nd draft display or publication.I have included several slide files in the preview so teachers can peruse the resource more comprehensively.Hope your learners enjoy composing Spring and Easter poems.Many thanks for free use clip art provided by http://www.clipartlord.com

By Alice K

Sentence Types

Sentence Types

A powerpoint created for use with my year 5 literacy set. It outlines the three types of sentences and explains how to use a subordinate clause in the middle of a main clause. It also include examples at the end for the children to identify the clauses. A set of sentences for children to add in subordinate clauses. I printed them to A3 and got the children to cut them up and add in a subordinate clause on a coloured piece of paper.

By tasha1988

Birth of Venus activities for Key Stage 1 or 2

Birth of Venus activities for Key Stage 1 or 2

Here is a fairly adaptable activity for Key Stage 1 or 2, based on an art learning objective looking at the work of Botticelli with a curriculum link to English composition. It's a great lesson for an afternoon as it can lead to interesting discussions about gods and goddesses in a lesson too, or more practical art based work as the children create their own pictures based on the picture. This activity was inspired by a page in WILLY'S PICTURES by Anthony Browne, so you might want to look at that book for further development.

By dcukface

Fun persuasive homework project - design and sell a computer game

Fun persuasive homework project - design and sell a computer game

A great way to reinforce a persuasive writing unit. This project is creative and allows students to enjoy doing their homework, whilst learning valuable skills. The project includes a detailed outline of the task, what they can and can't do and how it will be assessed (class assessed through S&L presenting to the class - also useful for a S&L grade).

By magz2978

Book talk and Writer's Talk - Pie Corbett style

Book talk and Writer's Talk - Pie Corbett style

If you know book talk and writer's talk then this PowerPoint will give you examples that you can model and then some more for pupils to practice.When I planned these lessons, it took me a long time trawling through books and stories to find appropriate texts for them to practise.Book talk and writer's talk supports guided reading, grammar skills and improved writing skills. It is an excellent strategy to also help them edit their own writing, or others, which can be a challenge to get pupils to do effectively.

By 6r

KS2 Science-based VCOP Worksheets - Dinosaurs

KS2 Science-based VCOP Worksheets - Dinosaurs

6 VCOP based worksheets all using the theme of 'Dinosaurs'The worksheets consist of the following:A detailed reading comprehension A 'choose the correct spelling' activity (with answers for self-marking)A cloze procedure activity (with answers)Dictionary and thesaurus work on the vocabulary used in the topicA punctuation activity (with answers)A final comprehension activity - use the facts covered to produce a 'fact file' of top 10 facts from the topic

By smithy123

Poetry Inset for Literacy Leaders but could be used to teach pupils

Poetry Inset for Literacy Leaders but could be used to teach pupils

This Inset will support - guided reading, grammar, figurative language and sentence level work. It could also be used directly with the class. It will save many hours of preparation and effectively train and inspire staff to teach poetry.It includes all the resources. The INSET is lead through a PowerPoint, which has hyperlinks to either websites or the relevant slide. Instructions are given in the notes section. Some of the slides are self-explanatory.The INSET includes:1. Reading/comprehension2. Poetry for Performance3. Developing vocabulary4. Poetry to develop sentence structureReading/comprehension1. Name the Poem2. Unscrambling a poem3. Draw the poem – cartoon pictures4. Have a panel of pupil experts and the rest of the class devise some questions about the poem5. Hot seat characters - Jim/Matilda6. Rewrite the poem into a prose or poem into prose7. Missing words/guess the meaningPoetry for Performance1. Learn a poem and use expression2. Performance poetry with drama (miming)3. Read the same poem in different waysDeveloping vocabulary1. Syllables Haiku, Cinquain and Tanku2. Omit any words which have a certain letter in it and change the word eg L3. One minute to write down as many words that are associated with; snow..., bonfire..., storm...4. New Word combinations 5. Similes/ Metaphors / Personification 6. Alliteration 7. Use your senses (what would you see, hear, smell, taste and feel walking around the picture)8. For each line change a word 9. The Word Waiter10. The room of Stars Poetry to develop sentence structure1. Preposition poem 2. I can see... 3. The Dragon Inside of Me 4. Starting with a noun adding an adjective build a sentence around it 5. The River6. Building a sentenceSome of the ideas are from Pie Corbett but they have been developed.

By 6r

Discussion Text using the United Nations on the Rights of the Child

Discussion Text using the United Nations on the Rights of the Child

Learning Objectives are:1. To discuss and work co-operatively in groups to decide on the most important rights for a child. 2. To put a strong case to the UN for it to include your Article in the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child.This is an easy to follow step-by-step lesson which results in some well-formed argument. There is a plan to show progression, which is hyperlinked to the resources, a PowerPoint that models each stage and the resources for the pupils to use.Activities include:Diamond nineGroup workPresentational skillsDiscussionStructured writing Cause and effectPanel of expertsUse of debate phrases

By 6r

Add the adjectives

Add the adjectives

A series of pictures of natural objects for pupils to describe by adding 2 adjectives for each picture. Could be used for Upper KS1 or Lower KS2. Can be used to match sentences to pictures (as a cut and paste activity) once the adjectives have been added.

By Poppy4343

Write Right- Chapter 9- Demonstrative Adjectives- Writing  'This, That, These, Those' Sentences

Write Right- Chapter 9- Demonstrative Adjectives- Writing 'This, That, These, Those' Sentences

Write Right is a series of chapters to aid Year 1-3 and EFL/ESL learners in acquiring handwriting skills. The forming of letters, spelling, basic punctuation, and fundamental grammar issues are addressed in order to produce meaningful sentences and questions. Chapter 9 - Demonstrative Adjectives (24 pages) explains the usage of 'this, that, these, those'. Arrows and pictures are used to demonstrate the concepts of singular/plural and near/far with vocabulary from previous chapters to compound comprehension and spelling. Grammar (verb 'to be') and punctuation concepts from earlier chapters are also reinforced . Ample practice is provided. As with each Write Right chapter, several review exercises relating to the acquisition and spelling of the target vocabulary conclude this chapter.

By willson_r

Write Right- Chapter 10- Possessive Adjectives- Writing with Possessive & Demonstrative Adjectives

Write Right- Chapter 10- Possessive Adjectives- Writing with Possessive & Demonstrative Adjectives

Write Right is a series of chapters to aid Year 1-3 and EFL/ESL learners in acquiring handwriting skills. The forming of letters, spelling, basic punctuation, and fundamental grammar issues are addressed in order to produce meaningful sentences and questions. Chapter 10 - Possessive Adjectives (23 pages) firstly introduces the topic through pictures. Possessive adjectives are then combined with previously met nouns to form subject and object phrases (my book, his pen, etc). Once this concept has been grasped, possessive and demonstrative adjectives (Chapter 9) are combined to form verb 'to be' sentences. Once again, arrows and pictures are used. Ample practice is again provided. As with each Write Right chapter, several review exercises relating to the acquisition and spelling of the target vocabulary conclude this chapter.

By willson_r

Pied Piper of Hamelin Play Script

Pied Piper of Hamelin Play Script

A great one-act play script version of the narrative poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin. It develops the poem into a complete performance, using several narrators and inserting scenes which support and expand the original text. The play is suitable for KS2, has a cast size of 30+ (including non-speaking roles) and a running time of approximately 40 minutes. The script contains full production notes, with great ideas on staging, props and costumes (including how to make rat tails!) It also includes brilliant follow-on activities for further classroom work.

By AliJC