Watch this clip that we will be using to write about this week.
Monday – comprehension questions
Today’s task is to the answer the following comprehension questions about the film clip:
- How does the boy earn money?
- What is he saving the money for? How do you know? When does this change for the audience?
- Give two differences between the city and the countryside.
- What is the relationship between the boy and the dog? How would you describe the boy’s personality? Give at least two pieces of evidence to back up each answer.
- What does the dog chase after in the countryside?
- How does the dog feel once they arrive in the countryside? How do you know?
- What do you think the message of the advert is? Explain why you think this
Challenge: write a summary of the film clip in 100 words or less. Remember to stick only to the key parts and avoid giving too much detail.
Tuesday - developing ideas
Yesterday you watched the video of 'Mega City' and answered comprehension questions to help you think deeply about the meaning behind the film. For the rest of the week we are going to plan and write narratives from the dual perspectives of the boy and the dog. To help us do this, today we are going to mindmap ideas.
First, watch the film clip again and reread through your answers to the comprehension questions.
You will be completing two mindmaps. You can do this straight into your yellow books or on the mindmap sheet below.
- Character: How would you describe both of the characters? Jot down as many ideas as you can. How do they feel at different points of the film? What is their relationship? What do they look like? Why is the boy busking?
- Location: What details have you noticed about the two different settings in the film – the city and the countryside? Mind map these details as well. Remember to record what you can see and hear in both settings. Imagine also what the characters might feel, smell or taste in both locations as well.
Challenge: use a thesaurus to improve your vocabulary choices. https://www.thesaurus.com/
Wednesday - engaging the reader with details of character and setting
Today, we are going to retell the story from the perspective of the boy (Jack):
- Remember to use the details from the mind maps you completed yesterday to set the scene
- You can write in the first or third person but make sure you stick to it!
- Write the events of the story in chronological order
- Use 'SHOW not tell' to show the reader what the boy is thinking and feeling
- Don’t forget to edit your work carefully as you go along checking for correct punctuation
- You can also use a dictionary or spell check to check spellings and a thesaurus to help you choose the best word https://www.dictionary.com/ and https://www.thesaurus.com/
When you have finished, read your work to an adult if you can – do they have a clear picture in their head? What can they tell you about the character?
To help you create atmosphere in your writing, challenge yourself to include simile, metaphor and personification. There is a really useful daily lesson on understanding simile and metaphors here (and follow the link at the bottom to recap on personification).
Thursday - engaging the reader with details of character and setting
Today, we are going to retell the story again from the perspective of the dog (Harry). Before you start, think carefully about how your writing might be different:
- Think carefully about the moment when they arrive at the countryside
- What is this experience like for your character? Dogs have a better sense of smell than humans so use your imagination here. What else would Harry be interested in exploring in the countryside?
- How does he feel about his owner throughout the story?
Again, if you can read your work out loud to someone this can help you to spot any missing punctuation and words and give you useful feedback on your writing.
Below is a checklist with examples of lots of different features you could aim to include in your writing. There is also another useful lesson on expanded noun phrases that you can use to help you recap on these here.
Friday - editing, improving and publishing your work
Read through both pieces of writing. Choose your favourite and write this up in neat, checking your spellings and for correct punctuation as you do this.
You can also use the checklist provided yesterday to see if you can improve your work further.
If you have completed the SPAG activities from this week (below), you can look back through these and check you are using pronouns, commas with adverbials and parenthesis as well as relative clauses correctly.
We would love to see your published pieces of work
You can recap on the different ways we use commas to punctuate sentences here. Now try this activity looking at the use of commas for adverbials and for parenthesis (separating out extra information in a sentence)
Synonyms are words with the same or similar meaning. You can recap here
Practise finding synonyms by trying the trail chaser activity below. There are four different levels that you can progress through - beginner, intermediate, tricky and expert. Choose your own level of challenge and complete as much as you can. Remember if you're not sure about the meaning of a word, you can look it up in the dictionary.
You can recap on pronouns here. Using pronouns in your writing is important to avoid repetition.
Today's grammar task focuses on relative clauses which contain a relative pronoun ('that', 'which', 'who', 'whose', 'where' and 'when') and give additional information about a noun. Watch a video explaining this here
There are three different levels within the activity. Again, complete as much as you can. Once you are confident recognising relative clauses, you could challenge yourself to include some in your writing today.