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FRIDAY 17th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Draw a map of your monster’s land

  • Step 1: draw the outline of your map
  • Step 2: fill in the landmarks: trees, rivers, boulders, mountains,

volcano, cities, sea, swamps

  • Step 3: make up names for the different areas of your map
  • Step 4: stain the map to make it look old by using a used (and cool) tea

bag to turn the paper brown. You don’t need to get it that wet for it to

change colour

  • Step 5: When it is dry, cut or rip the edges of the paper to make it look

old and worn. A small hole in the middle of the map can look great

 

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THURSDAY 16th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

It’s time to write your monster report

To help you with your writing, you have lots of different things to help you:

The original text about monsters

The toolkit for reporting information

Your ideas page

Your diagram

The vocabulary we learned from the model

And most importantly, your plan

Draft your ideas on one piece of paper and edit it so you really like the words you have chosen. Read it through again to check spelling and punctuation and then write your final draft.

 

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WEDNESDAY 15th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Planning

Now we are going to organise our ideas into a box-up planner to help structure your writing. Remember you can pick different topics than appearance, habitat and diet and also you can have your quotation in a different section. I have left the right-hand column blank as you might want to have 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 different sections so draw your own lines!

Structure of monster information text

Your ideas

Title of monster

 

Opening hook – to make

the reader interested in

finding out more.

Fascinating fact for interest

 

Habitat

Information about the area

the creature lives in

 

Appearance

Information about what the

creature looks like including

evidence

 

Diet

Information about what the

creature eats

 

Warnings and advice to the

reader

 

Talk your plan through

It is really important to have a good read through your plan to make sure that it makes sense. Why not read it aloud to someone in your house and see if they have any suggestions for how to improve it.

 

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TUESDAY 14th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Writing your own report

Today, we are having a break from ‘Monsters’.

I would like you to write a school report for yourself. You need to use two headings in your writing:

  • At school
  • At home

Under each heading you need to write a paragraph including:

  • Your general attitude to work
  • What you have improved in
  • What you need to work on (in your learning)

Try to be as honest as you can be!!

Can’t wait to read them!

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MONDAY 13th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Draw your monster

Let’s have some fun today:

To help you get a real picture of what your monster is like, have a go at sketching them. Can’t wait to see what they look like!

 

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FRIDAY 10th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

New ideas

Now comes the fun part! You need to write an information text about a monster beast for Professor Behemoth’s Monsterology. The choices are endless and I am sure that

you already have an idea about what you might do but here are some pictures which might inspire you.

Coming up with ideas! I have given you a few ideas for what your different paragraphs could be about below and I am sure that you can think of others. Get as many ideas down as you can.

Appearance                                        Diet

Habitat                                                Abilities

Friends/enemies                               Weapons/powers

Quotations from an expert             ?????????     

 

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THURSDAY 9th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Topic sentences

You might have noticed that the model text does not have sub-headings.

Instead, in Year 6, we can use TOPIC SENTENCES. These are like little introductions to the paragraph allowing you to add more detail than you would in a simple heading.

 

Examples from our model:

Swamp monsters don’t just live in swamps they resemble them.

This topic sentence introduces our APPEARANCE paragraph

Have you ever wondered what a swamp monster eats?

This topic sentence introduces our DIET paragraph and uses another question to interest the reader.

Swamp monsters are rumoured to inhabit the most remote and humid swamps of the Amazon rainforest.

This topic sentence introduces the paragraph which is about DIFFERENT SPECIES and HABITAT.

Use these examples to have a go at writing some topic sentences of your own for the topics below

  1. Topic sentences for the appearance, diet and habitat of a lion
  2. Topic sentences for the habitat, diet, and appearance of a swamp monster
  3. Topic sentences for the appearance, powers, enemies or abilities of a storm giant

 

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WEDNESDAY 8th JULY 2020

Underlying pattern of information texts

Let’s go back to the model text. I have picked out the underlying pattern for
you by boxing up the structure for you; this will help guide your writing.
Remember this is just a guide and, if you are confident, you could add in extra
paragraphs; different sections, diagrams etc.

Hook your reader - start with questions and a top fact to encourage interest

Use technical/specific language - e.g translucent, webbed

Sound like an expert - be formal and informative

Interest your reader - fascinating facts, warning and advice

Organise your ideas - paragraphs, topic sentences, adverbials

Use evidence - a quotation from an expert, topic based technical vocabulary

 

FORMALITY

You might have heard your teachers talking about ‘being formal’. The best way to explain it in this type of writing is to: SOUND LIKE AN EXPERT.

Imagine you are David Attenborough narrating a TV show or your writing will feature in a non-fiction book from the library. We don’t need to make our reader laugh, persuade them or in fact give any opinion at all. Our main job is to give information as precisely as possible.

 

Here are two texts. Spot which is formal and which is informal!

1) Swamp monsters have a proper rancid diet. They love to eat all sorts of weird and unusual stuff like slugs – uuurrrggghhh! Also, they glug down the dirty swamp water by the gallon!

2) It has been discovered that swamp monsters have an unusual diet. In the main, these creatures are known to consume only gastropods. In addition, they have a preference for water from their swamps as it contains essential minerals.

  • Which one is informal and why?
  • Which one is formal and why?

Now decide whether these are formal or informal sentences?

I really want you to come to my party – please come!

formal/informal

Henry VII didn’t like his wife – he chopped off her head!

formal/informal

The teacher-pleaser machine is a state-of-the-art contraption.

formal/informal

Your presence is requested at the Queen’s celebration.

formal/informal

At 6:00pm on the 24th December Mr Jones was arrested by the police and detained at the local police station.

formal/informal

Challenge: can you re-write each sentence the other way round so the formal ones become informal and the informal ones become formal?!

 

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TUESDAY 7th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Professor Behemoth’s Monsterology

 

World famous monster expert Professor Behemoth is putting together a Monsterology  of different types of monsters and beasts. He has spent years researching all sorts of weird and wonderful monsters and has a wide variety for his encyclopedia.

Your job, over the next few lessons, is to provide the professor with another entry for his book; you’ll have to use your imagination, unless you have actually seen a monster.

 

Information with a touch of ‘faction’

We are going to be writing an information text about a made-up monster or beast. Even though this is a non-fiction genre of writing, we can still be inventive and creative. I like calling it FACTION when teaching it (the form fits information about facts, but the content is fiction).

To get us started, here is a model of a fictional information text about swamp monsters. As you are listening, you might want to think about which type of monster you will write about. Have a read below and then listen to me read it aloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/talkforwriting/swamp/s-28ED2KJCK6n

 

Swamp Monsters

Do you ever wonder what might be lurking in the murky swamps of our world? Rumour has it that the fabled swamp monster is not just a creature mentioned in myth and legend but it actually exists! Now is your chance to find out all that has been discovered about this unique being.

Swamp monsters are rumoured to inhabit the most remote and humid swamps of the Amazon rainforest. Living in total solitude, it is believed that there is, perhaps, only one swamp monster on our planet, making it a mystery how they reproduce. Dr Patrick Thurston - world renowned monsterologist from Bristol University – could perhaps be the only living person ever to see this magnificent creature: “You cannot believe the pure majesty of the swamp monster. They seem as if they are ‘one with the swamp’ living in pure harmony with their habitat.”

Swamp monsters don’t just live in swamps they resemble them. Being experts in camouflage, they are indistinguishable from their environment. Their bodies are made from this environment: limbs of gnarled branches, incredibly long fingers and lowing, iridescent hair which changes colour to match their mood. The most incredible thing about a swamp monster is that they have translucent breathing tubes meaning they can stay underwater indefinitely but continue to breathe.

Have you ever wondered what a swamp monster eats? Their diet consists of herons, rats and even alligators which they hypnotise with their ever-staring, haunting eyes. Transfixed, any animal is helpless to the swamp monster who squeezes the life from them with its lean, powerful limbs. The swamp monster’s tongue has the ability to taste the air; this allows it to identify when its prey is close by. If you are now tempted to try and spot a swamp monster, we advise extreme caution! This beautiful, but deadly creature should be left insolitude to be studied only by experts trained in monsterology.

 

You might not know all of the vocabulary that is in our model text. Don’t worry as this activity will help! Match the word to the correct definition and then check at the end of the booklet to see if you have them all right.

Word                                                                     Definition

myth                                                                      Not distinguishable

translucent                                                           The state of living alone in seclusion

indistinguishable                                                 Agreement or harmonious relations

resemble                                                               Displaying lustrous colours like

                                                                               those of a rainbow                                                             

renowned                                                              A traditional or legendary story

majesty                                                                  Rugged, bent, twisted or weather-

                                                                               beaten

iridescent                                                              To be like or similar to

harmony                                                                Permitting light to pass through but  

                                                                               any objects on the

                                                                                Other side are not clearly visible

gnarled                                                                   To hold motionless with

                                                                                amazement

solitude                                                                  Supreme greatness

transfixed                                                              To be celebrated or famous

 

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MONDAY 6th JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Turn your writing into a radio advert

Writing comes alive when it is read out loud and performed. You could just do this for yourself, or for your family or record it and send it to other people you know to cheer them up or inspire them to do their own. I would be over-the-moon to hear your performances!

Top tips for performing your writing:

a. Know your writing really well so you can focus on the performance – practise a few times before you record it.

 

b. If you have a quotation or testimonial, you could get a family member to help or you could even put on a different voice!

 

c. You could make up a fake radio or TV show that the advert is on. Introduce the show, give it a name and then pass over to someone selling your product.

 

d. Listen to adverts on the television or radio and listen to the tone of the voices used. Practise imitating the way the words are spoken.

 

e. Now think about the tone of voice you are going to use on certain words or lines. Remember we are being persuasive so you need to sound enthusiastic! f. Exaggerate your gadget; it is the best in the world after all! Try a catchy rhyme or jingle to catch the ear of your listener.

 

g. Be confident and enjoy it!

 

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FRIDAY 3rd JULY 2020

Writing Task

 

Design an advertising poster for your gadget.

This can be done on a computer or by hand, on a piece pf paper.

Remember to choose your words carefully!

 

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THURSDAY 2nd JULY 2020

Writing Task

Re-read, polish and improve

Re-reading is such an important part of writing but we sometimes miss out. Best practice is to write a couple of sentences, re-read, edit and polish as you go. Ask yourself:

Does it fulfil its purpose and make sense?

Should some of the sentences be rewritten or tightened?

Are there secretarial errors: spellings, punctuation and grammar?

Should the vocabulary be improved or thinned out?

 

Before having a go at editing your own work, why not practise on my paragraph below. You could use a different colour to make the changes or re-write the paragraph with the errors corrected and writing improved.

 

Firstly all Spy – Car 2000s look like a top of the range cars. They are usually silver but can be a lite sapphire color. The majority of spy car’s have rocket booster’s, they can drive extra fast. Amazingly this means the spy car is the fastest car on the road! Stereotypically, they are made from big metal so it can survive any spy mission.

 

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WEDNESDAY 1st JULY 2020

Writing Task

Time to write your advert/persuasion

To help you with your writing, you have lots of different things to help you:

The original model text of an advert – The Multi-Function Mobile Phone

The tool kit for persuasion

Your ideas page

Your diagram

The vocabulary we learned from the model

And most importantly, your plan

Looking forward to reading your advert……..

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TUESDAY 30th JUNE 2020

Writing Task

Planning

Now we are going to organise our ideas into a box-up planner to help structure your writing. You can just write your ideas in bullet points or try to draft your writing in sentences. The more you get on plan, the easier your writing will be!

Underlying structure of advert/persuasion

Jot down notes on your ideas for your gadget

Punchy/catchy title

 

 

 

Opening hook- to make reader feel they must have this item

 

 

 

List main features in a persuasive manner

 

 

 

Extra features/bonuses

 

 

 

Key reason for purchasing gadget

 

 

 

Supporting quotation from a well-known person/expert

 

 

 

Free offers plus necessary information (website, phone, number, price)

 

 

 

 

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MONDAY 29th JUNE 2020

Writing Task

Draw your gadget

 

To help you get a real picture of what your gadget is like, why not have a go at drawing a diagram of it.

Make sure to label your diagram with the different features it offers.

As you are drawing, you might come up with new ideas that you haven’t thought of yet. Get ready to add them to your plan.

 

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FRIDAY 26th JUNE 2020

Writing Task

 

New ideas

Now comes the fun part! You need to come up with your own gadget. Here are a few options to choose from. However, if you have your own idea, go for that!

  1. A different gadget for a spy: watch, glasses, car, pen, suitcase,

 

  1. A gadget for your home: bedroom-cleaner, chore-completer, sister-trapper…

 

  1. A gadget for school: homework machine, teacher-pleaser, exam-cheater, classroom-tidier….

 

  1. …The Teacher-Pleaser Machine

 

     5)…Spy Watch 2,000

 

     6)…Automatic bedroom-cleaner

 

     7)…Spy Car T4000

It can be very helpful to gather your ideas into sections to help you plan. Start jotting them down under the headings below. The more the better as you can choose your best soon:

  1. Who is the gadget for?
  2. Catchy name for the gadget
  3. Features Bonuses/extras
  4. Quotation/testimonial
  5. Key reason for purchasing

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THURSDAY 25th JUNE 2020

Writing Task

 

Quotation practice

Listen to what James Bondwho is known by his code number 007–has to say about this must –have phone: “I thought I had every gadget I required until Q invented the Multi-function Mobile Phone. Now I wouldn’t possibly attempt a mission without it.”

  1. Choose the person you want to quote: it shouldn’t be someone random! They need to have something useful to say about what you are writing about or be very well known to back you up.

           E.g.

               a scientist                 a doctor                      a previous owner

               an inventor              a witness                    an expert on topic

  1. Tell the reader more about them: As you can see in the example, you can use punctuation to drop in extra information about the person. This could be where they are from, where they work or their experience on the subject. Brackets, dashes or commas can be used to do this.

 

  1. Get your speech punctuation right: As you can see in the example, we need to have the speech marks or inverted commas before the person starts taking and ending when they stop talking after the full stop!

 

  1. Introduce your speech with a colon: If you have introduced your speech with a full sentence that makes sense on its own, you should use a colon.

 

Have a go at writing at least 3 quotations following or imitating the pattern of the model below. You could do it about some of the gadgets on the next page. I’ve done another one to show you how:

Dr Marc Newton, the gadget supremo from Oxford University, has been testing spy gadgets for decades: “Of all the gadgets I have tested, the Spy Car 3,000 is the greatest invention. It is a mind-blowing contraption.”

Now it’s your turn to write your quotations.

 

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WEDNESDAY 24th JUNE 2020

Writing Task

 

Making a toolkit for persuasion

Before we start thinking about our own ideas for advertising our gadget, we need to look closely at the text and see what writing tools/tips/tricks the author has used so we can do the same in ours.

Below I’ve given you a list of all the key tools for

Persuasion plus one example. STOP and go back to the text and

find at least one example from the text and add them to the toolkit below:

 

To persuade our reader we can…

Hook the reader – start with a question or exclamation to tempt your reader in – Do you always feel bored?

 

Use imperative/bossy verbs – Buy now!

 

Talk to the reader – 2nd person – Would YOU like to be…

 

Boast – The finest gadget…

 

Include testimonials/quotations – As recommended by Harry Kane…

 

 

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TUESDAY 23rd JUNE 2020

Writing Task

Persuasive games

We will need to be really persuasive in our writing. Let’s warm up by playing a couple of persuasive games

Crazy Persuasions

 

You could do this in a pair taking it in turns, on your own or even try to write the little persuasions down. Take one minute to try to persuade…

A cat to make friends with a dog

A parent to let you stay out late

A teacher to cancel all homework

A prince/princess to marry you

The England manager to pick you for the team

A wicked witch to change her ways

 

Estate Agent Role Play

 

Take the role of an estate agent whose job it is to try and sell houses. You have a difficult challenge here to sell the run-down property in the picture.

·Use the writing frame and add in pushy, persuasive language

·Design the poster that would be stuck in the estate agent’s window

 

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MONDAY 22nd JUNE 2020

Writing Task

 

 SPIES

Lots of us love films and books about spies!

Some popular favourites are Alex Rider (some of you may have been watching the new series), Johnny English, Jane Blond, Spy Kids, and of course, James Bond – 007.

Which is your favourite? Why?

The gadgets that use can be incredible and highly imaginative!!!

We are going to be creating a state-of-the-art gadget for a spy, or one for school, or even one to use around your house.

We are going to be persuading our reader to buy one, a bit like an advert you might get on TV, in a magazine or even on the side of a bus!

 

Any good unit starts with a cracking model text and here is ours!

It is a good example of a persuasive text, which we can use as a starting point to write our own advert. Click on the following link to listen.

https://soundcloud.com/talkforwriting/multi/s-UGaRuBfv42i

Create your own table or list in your workbook/PC and write down a definition and a synonym (a word that means the same or similar). You can use a dictionary or internet.

WORD

DEFINITION THAT FITS THE MODEL TEXT

SYNONYM

State-of-the-art

 

 

Stranded

 

 

Boasts

 

 

HQ

 

 

Cloaking

 

 

Untraceable

 

 

Tranquilizer

 

 

Guaranteed

 

 

Essential

 

 

Required

 

 

 

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