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INDEPENDENT WRITING ACTIVITIES

INDEPENDENT WRITING ACTIVITIES

The writing activities designed to provide students with a writing stimulus so that they can practise their writing, using the skills they have learnt in structured lessons, and gain confidence in their writing ability. The activities could be ideal to use for early morning, after lunch activities as well as guided writing lessons.
jorgill
English Classroom display bundle (Banners, posters, bunting and more!)

English Classroom display bundle (Banners, posters, bunting and more!)

A bundle for displays for a complete room. Banners for: - Lost for Words? - Working Wall with '7','8' and '9' posters Coloured Synonyms for the 'Lost for Words?' display. Bunting: - Sentence types and word classes - Book quotes Book covers Disney posters (with pics and examples): - Language techniques - Literary devices
natasha_silk
Lost for words/ Synonym wall

Lost for words/ Synonym wall

An A3 'Lost for Words?' Poster and coloured synonyms with headings for: connectives, analysing, nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs. Mine are just stapled onto a board that I've backed with pages from an old dictionary. I then refer the students to this for ideas and improved vocabulary. The synonyms range from basic to ambitious.
natasha_silk
the seasons poem

the seasons poem

A poem looking at the four seasons in the northern hemisphere. Dates for the seasons is based on the meteorological seasons not the equinox seasons. Can be used as either a lesson starter to look at descriptive etc, or as an assembly looking at the seasons, or tied into change and how to look at it.
colin959
KS3, KS2, John Masefield, "Sea Fever", poetry, analysis, lang, reading, personification, viewpoint

KS3, KS2, John Masefield, "Sea Fever", poetry, analysis, lang, reading, personification, viewpoint

Created for a year 7 class as part of a unit of work on "Treasure Island", this lesson invites the children to explore Masefield's poem, "Sea Fever", identifying the speaker's attitude towards the sea and focusing on the use of personification and other language features. The lesson uses hinge questions at key points, requiring all children to feed back with one from a choice of answers. In my classroom we use our arms to make letter shapes; you could use mini-whiteboards. At the end of the lesson, the children are asked to produce a written response focusing on Masefield's use of personification and two other language features of their choice, explaining what's revealed about the speaker's attitude towards the sea (and here you could introduce or embed the idea of viewpoint). There is a separate homework available for this lesson which is a series of multiple-choice questions about the poem.
knapster
National Poetry Day 'The Sea is a hungry dog...'  poem by Reeves comprehension,word mat & extension

National Poetry Day 'The Sea is a hungry dog...' poem by Reeves comprehension,word mat & extension

A structured comprehension on 'The Sea' by James Reeve and a word mat to prompt discussion of any poem. Suitable for upper KS2 and KS3. For differentiation, you can select which questions children complete, or for group discussion you can use the poetry word mat. The session started by discussing the poem and finding examples of poetic techniques, such as rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance and sibilant sounds. We discussed the change in the three verses. For extension, pupils could either write a river metaphor (see river metaphor poem ), or alternatively find points of comparison between the river and a different things (see worksheet).
AWalkerEducation
KS1 & 2 Library/book corner display signposts.

KS1 & 2 Library/book corner display signposts.

KS1 & 2 Library/book corner display signposts. 20 signposts ready for pupils to colour and decorate. Use as a general display or for pupils to choose and remove from the wall or signpost as a stimulus for a setting in story writing.
newromantic
KS 1 & 2 Library Treasure hunt grid

KS 1 & 2 Library Treasure hunt grid

KS 1 & 2 Library Treasure hunt grid A simple ‘treasure hunt’ to introduce or develop pupil understanding of a library or book area. Pupils find the treasure and write their answers in the box.
newromantic
Determining Figurative Meanings - Literature - Playlist and Teaching Notes

Determining Figurative Meanings - Literature - Playlist and Teaching Notes

Our playlists are “no prep” Common Core aligned lessons designed for small group work, homework, remediation, or extension around a single standard. This content-rich multimedia lesson integrates original instruction with web-based resources to guide students through the rigors of the aligned standard. This product includes: • 2 links to instructional videos or texts • 1 link to practice quizzes or activities • 1 assessment that includes five multiple choice questions • Excerpts from several texts that allow students learn how to analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone • Definitions of key terms, such as personification and metaphor • An accompanying Teaching Notes file The Teaching Notes file includes: • Links to additional practice quizzes or activities • An answer guide with correct answers, answer choice rationales, and DOK (depth of knowledge) levels
Wisewire
Compare & Contrast Genres - Playlist and Teaching Notes

Compare & Contrast Genres - Playlist and Teaching Notes

Our playlists are “no prep” Common Core aligned lessons designed for small group work, homework, remediation, or extension around a single standard. This content-rich multimedia lesson integrates original instruction with web-based resources to guide students through the rigors of the aligned standard. This product includes: • 3 links to instructional videos or texts • 1 link to practice quizzes or activities • 1 assessment that includes three multiple choice questions • Definitions of key terms, such as conventions of genre and theme • Examples of how to determine genres and their conventions • An accompanying Teaching Notes file The Teaching Notes file includes: • Additional activities to help your students explore the standard • Links to additional practice quizzes or activities • An answer guide with correct answers, answer choice rationales, and DOK (Depth of Knowledge) levels
Wisewire