2 x 15 minutes
Read anything you want – a book, a comic, a magazine, a blog, a web page, anything!
60 Second reads. Read ‘Help’ and answer the questions attached to it.
Looking at suspenseful writing features.
Look at the Powerpoint below and make notes on all of the features of suspenseful writing. You will need to use these in this week’s writing.
-Show the audience the character’s emotions. Don’t just tell them! (Alice watched numbly. Her heart was in her mouth and her breath came in sharp, rattling gasps.)
- Short, simple sentences to build the suspense (E.g. He turned around. She was gone.). These can be used as short sharp paragraphs aswell.
-Near to the short sharp sentences, use long, descriptive sentences to make the reader wait to find out what is going to happen next. (As she looked, blinking through the tears which had begun to stream hopelessly down her face, she was met with a sight at the top of the staircase which all but turned her to stone...)
- Empty words (E.g. someone/something/somewhere)
- Character(s) in a lonely, dark place which is clearly described (E.g. a cemetery at midnight). This allows the reader to visualise where the story is taking place. Try and use words that take the reader feel the environment, as if they were there.
-Use exciting word choices to show how the character’s move. ( Descending the stairs one careful, agonising, creaking step at a time, a hunched silhouette shuffled out from the darkness...)
- Powerful verbs/adjectives(E.g. sprinted, horrifying)
- Literary devices that make the reader imagine and see the story (E.g. similes, metaphors, rhetorical questions)
-Leaving the story as a cliffhanger
Look back at the WAGOLL you had last Friday. See if you can find examples of each of the features. Can you magpie any, or change some to include in your writing?
Practice your skills on Reflex.
Log into My Maths for today’s lesson and activities
Also use this to play extra maths games for either My Maths or Abacus.
Task 1 and 2 of the active to passive task sheet in resources.
Label the subject, verb and object in each of the short stories and answer the question in task 2.
If you need more help, have a look at the attached Power Point presentation.
Speed Spell, Spelling zone (video transcript) and Dots and Dashes.
Our new topic is called ‘Hola Mexico!’ We were really looking forward to teaching this topic as it would have been the perfect way to celebrate the end of SATs with a massive Mexican Fiesta. Never mind, we’ll just have to do a virtual fiesta insteadTask 1: To hit the ground running, we would like you to label the map of Mexico as well as complete the activity sheet which looks at the geography of Mexico, both physical (what the land is like) and human (how the land is used by human activity).