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This easy to use planning reduces the hours spent planning a unit. It follows the Pie Corbett premise of imitate but leaps to the innovate stage to expedite the process whilst still creating excellent writing. This was planned for a Year 3 but can be adapted and applied to a Year 4 or 5 class.
The Elephant Child transforms from boring grey to being very colourful just like Elmer. This leads into the story of Elmer the Elephant.
Teachers, who have used this resource, have reported how easy it was to follow and the excellent quality of writing achieved by all the pupils including the EAL pupils.
All the resources or hyperlinks to websites are given.
The progression of lessons is:
1. Who was Rudyard Kipling?
2. What was the purpose of the Just So Stories – History (words made up, to retell to his daughter who died in 1899 at a very young age which is why he uses Best Beloved)
3. Creating new words – One Glitful Day and Gobblefunk
4. How the Camel Got its Hump (read, watch, retell, look at the language, match the glossary, world is being made in 7 days, repetition)
5. Possessive apostrophes
6. The Elephant Child (compare with How the Camel got its Hump, read, watch, match the glossary, act out, language, sentences, repetition)
7. Plan their story – show them how you can take an idea and magpie other ideas to use as a story.
8. Write and edit their story
9. Embedded clauses/phrases
10. Write their version of How the Elephant became Colourful in about 200 words.
11. Read Elmer’s stories
12. Could link with http://www.jainworld.com/literature/story25.htm - The parable of the Elephant and the Blind Men
• Children’s planning sheet - how Baby Elephant Got its Colour
• Vocabulary sheet
• How the Camel Got its Hump
• The Elephant Child Story
• The Elephant Child Story – Teacher’s version – divided up into 17 sections for acting out
• Glossary to match the vocabulary with meanings and pictures for the Camel story
• Glossary to match the vocabulary with meanings and pictures for the Elephant story
• PowerPoint on possessive apostrophes (file available)
• PowerPoint on embedded clauses/phrases
• PowerPoint on the Elephant Child
• Pictures of Africa and its animals and Map of Africa
• PowerPoint – pictures of How the Camel Got its Hump
• Gobblefunk worksheet
• Success Criteria/key features
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