I have written two versions of a short story. The second is considerably better. The activity is to find the features which make the second version better and then write their own sentences which could be added to the second version to make it even better. The pupils are give words and prompts to help them write better sentences including adding adventurous vocabulary, similies, commas and conjunctions. Suitable for upper Key Stage 2 and KS3.
This Smartboard notebook resource includes an explanation of expanded noun phrases. Suitable for KS2 e.g Year 4 or Year 6 or possibly more able year 2. Colour full pictures to encourage pupils to write expanded noun phrases with adjectives and expansion after the noun. Games involving an interactive dustbin and timers,
There are two STORIES IN THIS RESOURCE to accompany ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker
In this pack, I have written some paragraphs to go with each page of the book. It explains the story from two different point of view. The impact of humans on the environment is explored.
The first story is from Sam’s point of view. It is written like a diary, mainly in the past tense until the last paragraph.
The second story is from the cat’s point of view. It mostly in the present tense.
There are also lists of questions to prompt discussion and activity ideas explaining how to use the stories to prompt the children’s own writing activities.
Explanation of the impact of plastics on the environment suitable for pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3.
This 7 page pack is about the human impact on the world focusing on plastics in photos, infographs and text. There are questions and activities to get pupils to discuss the issue.
The first activity is a guided brainstorm of the impact humans have on the world. Then there is information about the problems globally (e.g. plastic on beaches in Bali and in the stomachs of sea birds). Followed by facts and statistics focusing plastic in the ocean. The next sheet discusses the size of the problem and prompts children to think of objects made from plastic. I have then provided information about how plastic enters the food chains. The children are then challenged to invent a machine to clean up the oceans and to think of solutions in their own school.
Paragraph planner to help pupils write character descriptions of Albert and Joey from War Horse by Micheal Morpurgo.
Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3. (Links well to Year 6 curriculum and WW1 History)
Three word documents included.
Character profile - Albert - More Able version - Paragraph planner to help pupils write their own character descriptions of Albert. This more able version gives pupils tick lists of ideas to include in each paragraph.
Character profile - Joey - Less able version - Paragraph plannner with tick lists and sentence starters to aid less able pupils. PARTICUALARLY USEFUL TO SUPPORT PUPILS.
Character profile- Joey - More able version gives the pupils tick lists of ideas to include in each paragraph.
Story writing from extracts.
Finish these stories.
This document contain short story extracts which will prompt pupils to write exciting, imaginative stories. The story extract is a few sentences / paragraph long and can go at the beginning or in the middle of the pupils' own story.
The extracts are from the following genres:
• mystery stories, (Tasks 1- 4)
• adventure stories (Tasks 5-9)
• dramatic stories (Tasks 10 - 12)
For each extract a grid is given to prompt children to plan their stories and think about what grammar, punctuation and vocabulary they will use to make it interesting.
This resource can be used for story writing practice. It can also be used for exam preparation for example for end of Key Stage 2 writing, entrance exams to Grammar or Independent schools etc.. They can be used in lessons or for homework.
These worksheets will support pupils in their writing of a character portrait of Macbeth. There are example paragraphs to aid the less able. There are prompts to encourage the more able to explain further and find quotes to support their answers. There are references to different act and scenes to encourage pupils to be precise in their descriptions and find suitable quotes. Suitable for Year 6 or KS3 or Less able KS4.
DESCRIPTION - Improving writing worksheet pack - Creative word, sentence and text activities.
The majority of the worksheets in this 47 PAGE pack are differentiated.
Task sheet a is aimed at more able pupils
Task sheet b offers more support for pupils.
Suitable for (upper) Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
SECTION A – WORD AND SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES
Section A contains worksheets which start with identification of parts of speech and then require pupils to write their own sentences using these language features. This provides the teacher with an opportunity to Assess Pupils’ Progress on discrete elements.
These worksheets focus on identifying and explaining writers’ word choice to inform pupils’ own writing. Creative and adventurous word choice is promoted through the activities to encourage pupils to experiment with language and produce compositions of a high quality.
1. Inferring meaning
2. Analysing word choice
3. Expressive Adjectives
4. Interesting Adverbs
5. Precise Nouns
6. Powerful Verbs
7. Similes and Metaphors
SECTION B - DRAWING IT ALL TOGETHER
Section B contains activities to put the sentence level work into practice within written compositions. The worksheets focus on using a range of vocabulary and expressive parts of speech in sentences, paragraphs and short texts. This provides the teacher with an opportunity to Assess Pupils’ Progress using vocabulary expressively and creatively within a text.
9. Drawing it all together – sentences
10. Drawing it all together – paragraphs – character description
11. Drawing it all together – paragraphs – scene description
12. Drawing it all together – paragraphs – description of action
13. Drawing it all together - text composition
14. Drawing it all together – finish the story
15. Drawing it all together – whole story
A pack of sheets to guide pupils when writing character profiles of the main characters in War Horse by Micheal Morporgo.
1. The first sheet encourages the pupils to write short pen portraits (tweets) describing each character in the story. There are answers for the teacher which could be used as examples to guide less able pupils in what is expected. This is a good introductory activity after reading all of War Horse.
2. Next I have included thorough paragraph planners for detailed character profiles of Joey (a more able and less able version) and Albert. You could re-read sections of the novel or watch clips to gather ideas e.g. watch/read the section when Albert has to give Joey to Captain Nichols.
3. Finally, there is a writing frame to help children gather ideas about Friedrich. This could then be used to write a text about Friedrich.
A frame to help pupils write a character portrait of Macbeth using descriptive adjectives and quotes from the original play. Choose adjectives from the boxes and complete the sentences to describe Macbeth. Then choose quotes from the original play to back up your description. All the information needed is on the worksheet. Suitable for Less Able KS3 or KS4 or more able Year 6.
Included are two documents. One is a diary entry which I have written from Macbeth's point of view. The activity suggested is to find the ambitious vocabulary and similes used in the diary entry. The second word document is a homework prompt asking pupils' to write their own diary entry from Macbeth's point of view.
Suitable for Year 6, KS3 or less able KS4.
*Grammar and Punctuation revision *to prepare for the Year 6 SATs.
Some of these questions are similar to questions in the 2016 and 2017 SPAG tests and will therefore be excellent practice for the 2018 test. Good luck and get practising! There are 9 worksheets and complete answers are included. There are tips to help children succeed and one of the punctuation sheets is simplified to aid less able learners.
As you read Macbeth stop and get the pupils to complete the journal. This is a simple booklet for Year 6 or less able KS3. I read a simplified retelling of Macbeth to the pupils and they completed this worksheet pack. 10 page worksheet pack. Find quotes, write down your thoughts about the characters, list the characters, explain the plot etc. Some sections are open ended so you can adapt it to your classes' needs as you read the text.
I often get asked by parents for writing activities as extra homework. These 5 tasks are suitable for homework and will encourage pupils to practice their writing by choosing topics which they are interests in to write about .
Oral task prompt for discussion / reviewing of life in Occupied France in class or with assistant. Sheet gives instructions for students and historical roles to play; the boxes can be used for notemaking and / or cut out to make role cards.