This unit provides a series of 13 progressive narrative lessons which focus on creating atmosphere through the use of appropriate word choice and characters reactions, building suspense and using dialogue to convey character.
The build up of lessons uses The Water Tower by Gary Crew as the focus and then children apply these skills to final story write based on Francis from the Literacy Shed https://www.literacyshed.com/francis.html.
Each lesson includes a detailed plan, resources for the children (where needed) and a teaching ppt complete with modelled examples of writing. There are also suggestions for SEN activities.
Complete year 6 unit (including detailed 4 way differentiated plan) of 13 sessions of narrative/story writing based on David Almond’s The Savage. Objectives cover character, using speech for effect, dialogue to convey character, embedding speech, action writing, creating suspense, planning and writing a narrative. Lessons all include powerpoints with modeled examples. The final write has a complete model of the section of the story written so you can choose which parts to model and which parts to not.
Stand alone 4 sessions of writing based on Francis (https://www.literacyshed.com/francis.html). The children will explore the story, plan a diary entry and write it over 2 days. The focus is on how to make the diary entry the correct tone and use informal language.
Each session includes planning, a resource for the children (where needed) and a teaching powerpoint including modelled examples. The final write has a modelled example for each paragraph which can be used at your discretion.
UKS2 test style retrieval (5) and inference (4) questions using SATs style question stems based on the first page of the first chapter of No Ballet Shoes in Syria. Visable on amazon. Extract used from “Anyone looking at Arya…”
A powerpoint to support the writing of a balanced argument based on Colin Thompson’s How to Live Forever. Powerpoint includes:
introduction to balanced arguments
the structure that needs to be followed for each paragraph
modelled examples of each paragraph
suggested points that could be made and how to develop and link these ideas for both for and against
Originally used with a Y6 class.
Unit of 7 lessons based on Ilegal by Eoin Colfer. Covers setting description, action writing, planning and writing of a story. Includes modelled examples for each day of writing. Images have been removed but can easily be re-added.
3 focused reading questions based on a short extract from Anne Frank’s diary. Questions using the language used in KS2 SATS. Extract Wednesday 5th April 1944 from https://toleratedindividuality.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/the-diary-of-a-young-girl-the-definitive-edition.pdf
Test/SATS style reading questions using SATs question stems based on The House With Chicken Legs pages 7 and 8 available at Love Reading 4 Kids. https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/extract/15103/The-House-with-Chicken-Legs-by-Sophie-Anderson.html
3 Inference questions and 4 retrieval.
A unit of 14 progressive sessions based on a combination of Cinderella Liberator by Rebecca Solnit and clips from the 2015 Cinderella live action movie (links to youtube videos provided).
Story planning focuses on conveying character using dialogue, actions and reactions and briefly recaps atmosphere and expanded noun phrases (modified by adjectives and prepositions. Sessions include a teaching PPT with modeled examples where necessary, detailed planning and a resource for children where needed.
Also includes one reading session based on a PC version of Cinderella and some inference questions.
Two sessions of reading questions based on narrative of The Alchemist’s Letter on Literacy Shed - https://www.literacyshed.com/the-alchemists-letter.html
Test style questions (similar to SATs) focusing on retrieval and inference and second session looks at author’s use of language.
A daily sheet for children to fill in with the key facts they need to know for sats e.g. degrees on a line, number of cm in a m, parallel lines.
A series of examples for children to complete for morning starter activities. 5 x 3 questions on mixed number calculation and 3 x 3 questions on percentages of an amount. Easily adaptable.
A series of examples for children to complete for morning starter activities. 4 x 3 questions on mixed number calculation and 4 x 5 questions on converting measure.
A lesson on character descriptions based on The Sage of Bjorn from Literacy Shed - https://www.literacyshed.com/the-myths-and-legends-shed.html
Plan for a one of lesson writing a description of the main character and powerpoint to support including modelled examples.
One of write setting description based on Viking Valhalla and Helheim. Inspiration taken from Literacy Shed’s The Saga of Bjorn (link below). Powerpoint introduces both places, ideas generation and a modelled example of Valhalla description. Originally used with Y6.