This week I would like you to continue with your adventure story.
It was great to hear your great ideas when I spoke with most of you on the phone this week. It sounds like most of you are sticking closely to the features seen in Kensuke's Kingdom, but adapting it to suit your interests and writing styles!
Your writing this week will give you a chance to be more independent and structure your own time. It is entirely up to you how far you push yourself and how much effort you put in.
By the end of the week you should have written and edited your writing. Next Monday I'd like you to copy it up in neat. I will be posting a link for websites where you can send your stories through to and they'll print it in a glossy booklet. It would be quite a good thing to keep from your home learning experience! You could even create your own booklet at home by printing something off or being inventive with how you present it.
Take a look below which outlines some key features you may want to use and also how you can manage your time.
You have two choices with your writing this week:
Choice 1: You focus on chapter 1 only and really set the scene with the characters/setting. You may even begin to explain/show to the reader what the problem is going to be. This won't be a couple of paragraphs. Take a look at all of the features which are seen within chapter 1 of Kensuke's Kingdom. You could create something similar.
Choice 2: You write the entire adventure (short) story and include all the key features e.g. set the scene, build-up, problem, resolution and ending. I don't expect this to be the length of Morpurgo's book - it would take you ages! Your chapters/sections won't be too long. You may decide to write it without chapters, considering that it's going to be a short adventure story.
Here's how I think you might want to arrange your week. It will be helpful to edit your writing as you go through. Please keep re-reading over what you've read and also make any corrections necessary. Read it aloud to yourself or even to another person - this will help!
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you should continue writing your story, ensuring that the sections/paragraphs link together. Think carefully about how you want to engage the reader and build the story up.
Thursday you will probably finish off your writing and use Friday as a day of editing.
What features do I want to include?
Well, as you know, I'm not a massive fan of giving you a list of things to include and then you going away and putting them in. ONLY USE THESE FEATURES WHERE YOU THINK IT WORKS AND ENGAGES THE READER! Don't make writing a paint by numbers exercise - I absolutely hate this approach!
Here are few things you may want to include this week:
Paragraphs to show changes in topic, time, place or speaker
Adverbials which relate to time, manor or place (these can be anywhere in your sentence)
Direct speech, using inverted commas, to bring the characters alive
Varied punctuation - capital letters, commas, brackets, dashes, colon, inverted comma...
Short sentences to create suspense. He heard nothing. He saw nothing. He felt empty.
Varied conjunctions to join your ideas together e.g. FANBOYS / subordinating conjunctions too e.g. although, because etc.
Modal verbs to show possibilities - might/could/should
Relative clauses The old man, who slowly slithered along the path, made eye contact with me slowly.
Noun phrases - modify the noun by using other features e.g. the lush, green grasses (use of a article and adjectives here)
Show not tell - don't always make things obvious. Make the reader think about what might be happening. You may want to describe something making a noise in the trees but not say a orangutan came out. Sometimes the reader will want to think about what it might be, rather than you giving it to them on a plate and making it really obvious!
What key features should you include in your story?
-MC has a reason for travelling somewhere
-MC is separated from their family
-MC goes to an unusual place due to a disaster/problem
-MC meets new character who supports them in their new environment
-MC is reunited with family members/friends after somehow returning home
Re-read parts of your story at home and take their feedback, applying changes to your own writing!
What do I mean by editing?
Well, you can go through and check your basic grammar features. Remember that short sentences create suspense and are great features within an adventure story. You may find that you have lots of long sentences with subordinate clauses and conjunctions which don't work too well when creating suspense!
Look through the text and think about your audience carefully. Do the words match the audience and scene you're trying to create? You could use a thesaurus to find appropriate synonyms or antonyms which would engage the reader. There is no such thing as a 'bad word', they all work in their own way.
How will this lead into next week's learning?
I hope you enjoy your story writing this week. I know this is an area which you all really enjoy. You will have time allocated on Monday to copy up your story on a computer/electronic device you have at home.
I can't wait to see your stories on the class blog OR share an extract with me when I do my weekly phone calls.
This week you will need to read through extracts of Kensuke's Kingdom. This will help with your own ideas in your story writing and there is no reason you can't magpie ideas from Morpurgo's book, innovating the ideas you have read!
I strongly suggest that you re-read the first chapter again to see how he sets the scene with the characters and the problems which they are facing. You can use similar features in your own writing.
Here are some reading challenges you can complete across the week:
1) Use the Oxford Owl login to read different examples of adventure stories. Are there similarities to Kensuke's Kingdom? What differences can be seen?
2) Use a thesaurus to change words in your own writing to suit the genre and also the audience you are writing for. Remember, it's also going to be important to use a dictionary to check spellings too! Underline an words which you are unsure about. This will probably be completed towards the end of the week!
3) Look through BBC news or Newsround to see if there any stories which relate to be people being adventurous or going on an adventure! We often hear of people who swim the channel or have sailed the Atlantic...
4) Research a significant explorer such as Captain Robert Falcon Scott (Scott of the Antarctic). Click here to find more interesting information about him. Or you may fancy taking a look at some information about Amelia Earhart by clicking here. Why not write down some facts about them or pose your own questions. Can you think of any other significant explorers or people known for their adventurous streak? Create a quick factfile of the person you have read about and include an illustration too.
5) Create a comfortable area in or outside of your home where you can read. Take the chance to read your own reading book and go off into another world. You may even fancy reading something which is non-fiction where you'll learn lots of different facts.
Please write any good websites, whilst doing you reading this week, on the school's blogging page. I will then update this page with any good suggestions of activities you've been up to OR websites you have visited.
This week I have given you a couple of interactive spelling games you can play online. Take a look below and see which ones you enjoy. Have you found another really good (free) interactive spelling game online? Why not share it with us all on the class blog.
I have only put a few examples to get you going. If you've finished or get bored, I strongly suggest you look back at your Year 5 and 6 spelling words. These are something which you'll need to know by May next year. Take a look over the Year 3 and 4 spelling words too - there might be some which you've missed out and are not very confident with!
This one will keep kids on their toes. It works on the same sort of premise as the word game Boggle, mixed in with a bit of Tetris (or Candy Crush if that’s more relevant to today’s audience).
You need to find words of three letters or more, where each letter is adjacent (including diagonally) to the next. You can’t use the same letter twice, but click on each in turn, then double click the last letter and those blocks disappear. More letters keep appearing from the top and the aim is not to let any column get to the top of the screen. Click here to play Letter Blocks.
Play as one of our brave, intrepid explorers on an adventure through five fantastic maze worlds.
Collect the crystal shards as you go, unlocking the challenges and using your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling to solve the fiendish puzzles.
Solve the crafty Chameleon’s riddles, jump over the snapping crocodiles and swing across the waterfalls to victory!
Watch out for baddie Salty Dan, he is determined to steal your crystals and use them for his evil plan! Can you work your way through the levels to unlock golden crystals in every level and topic, and stop him in his tracks? Click here to play Crystal Explorers.