Narrative Writing 5-6 Lesson Unit

Narrative Writing 5-6 Lesson Unit

This is a self-contained unit (5-6 lessons plus homework as needed). Can be taught, but makes a great Off-For-A-Week cover, or holiday homework, with able students. Introduces students to a variety of narrative genres, with a range of activities. The peer-review section between drafts can lead to some interesting discussions. I created it originally for an IGCSE class, but have used variations on the basic pattern with classes 7-13. The Ten-Sentence story examples are (for what they are worth) © to me. Please comment (positive or negative). And I'd be happy to see some of the resulting stories you get using this (esp. the ten-sentence stories)
garethjohnevans
Autobiography Writing (which is slightly different)

Autobiography Writing (which is slightly different)

OK, the first task IS the usual "write a letter to me introducing yourself" - but the rest of the tasks allow the students to consider a range of things which enable them to write about themselves in an interesting way. I had one student a couple of year ago write, and speak, very movingly about what her passport represented as part of her Korean identity for the "This Old Thing?"prompt. I usually talk about the significance of my wedding ring as an object of no great monetary value, but of huge symbolic value . I have used it in this format with Yr 12 (when I have expected students to write on at least 5-6 of the prompts over a week) and in modified formats with Yrs7-11. PLEASE NOTE: this is intended to be a "taught" unit, with plenty of discussion, and not a drop-on-the-desk worksheet. I have had some great responses, as students think about who they are, and how they present themselves to the world. I would be happy to hear about/read anything especially successful which comes from this.
garethjohnevans
Fifty Opening or Closing Sentences for Narrative Writing

Fifty Opening or Closing Sentences for Narrative Writing

As it says, fifty original (ish) sentences, which can be used to start or finish a short story. It can be fun to give two randomly chosen sentences to students, and get them to write the story that connects the two. Would like to hear about/read any especially successful results.
garethjohnevans
Ten Sentence Story

Ten Sentence Story

Single lesson, writing a ten-sentence story, using the Freytag model. Part of the "Narrative Writing" unit (5-6 lessons) I have posted in the Premium section (only a quid). I would be happy to hear about/read anything especially successful that comes from this.
garethjohnevans
Save the Snargle - informative and persuasive writing for Year 7

Save the Snargle - informative and persuasive writing for Year 7

On behalf of the World Imaginary Creatures Conservation Society (WICCS) students create a physical tri-fold leaflet on to persuade the public to act in the conservation of a creature which they invent - which could be a lesson in itself. An invented creature makes them think more, but to differentiate for less-able students you could allow them a dragon or a unicorn. An extension task can be to film a PSA based on the leaflet. They use informative and descriptive writing to introduce the creature in detail, explain why it is ecologically valuable, and explain why it is in danger; and persuasive writing to tell the readers what to do in order to help save it from extinction. I have added some links to conservation websites to help with ideas for content and layout. The Word document can be given out as is, with students simply deleting my placeholder content with their own. Would love to see successful results.
garethjohnevans
Planning a Settlement

Planning a Settlement

This is a project I created for a Year 7 class I have been teaching English and Humanities, and followed-on from the Human Settlements unit in Humanities.* I think it would work as a stand-alone English activity, with a little bit of extra time for research. The final presentation is supposed to be a pitch to the people with the money to develop the island. I have been getting my class to make narrated PPTs for presentations like this - I find the results are always better than getting them to do them live in front of the rest of the class. *I'll add the PPTs I created for that later
garethjohnevans
Exams Officer Bingo

Exams Officer Bingo

Just a little bit of fun to help you keep your sanity when it seems like you are the only one who thinks the exams should be run properly. One card for internal exams, and one for external exams. Reward yourself for any four-in-a-row with a little treat, and a special meal out if you get all sixteen. Actually, budget for that now - you'll be surprised how quickly it can fill up. Or sad, it might make you sad.
garethjohnevans