Thursday, 31 July 2008
- How about writing the plan for the story? What will happen to your character?
- How will you create an exciting opening and a suprising ending?
- Why not write the part when your character reaches and enters the house; how does he/she feel? What do they find in the house? Try and use longer sentences for description and shorter sentences for action/suspense.
- Try and create a character who lives in the house. Who is she/he? What do they look like? What type of personaility do they have? Try and think about what kind of person would live in that house.
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Looking at the picture imagine you are there and make word lists for each of the five senses- Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell, Feelings(how do you feel when you look at it or would you feel if you were there)
Extension- Use your word list to write a short snappy paragraph for a tourist brochure really making me want to visit. Remember all the rules of good sentences writing!!!
HAVE family - have, has, had
DO family - do, does, did
- decide which player has what verb family
- read your class novel together looking out for your verb family
- try to spot your verb family working together helping another verb
1 point everytime you spot your verb family helping others!
Winer is first player to get to 10 points.
Write the opening to an incident which was dangerous and exciting.
You could be any of the following people involved in an exciting incident:
- police officer
- fire officer
- mountain rescuer
Think about the dramatic and dangerous incident - make it really exciting!
- make a list of adjectives that you could use to create danger
- show different points of view
- use adverbs
- set the scene carefully
- build up tension
Have a look at your Opening - have you shown the danger?
Monday, 28 July 2008
After we've been swimming, we'll drink hot chocolate in the cafe.
You write like you do in a hangman game. (Make sure you show punctuation so you can quiz your partner about what each punctuation mark signifies.)
You can guess either letters or whole words.
- start with 10 points
- wrong guess costs 3 points
- correct guess 2 points
- try to complete the sentence before your points are used up
You can ask your partner to explain reasons for their choices.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
alarmingly busy road
the alarmingly busy road
The alarmingly busy road near the Old People's Home.
Try noun doodling with these nouns:
table statue cardigan trainer dog
grapefruit gate lane supermarket
boy bike basketball car
- what you miss about home
- signing off
- Just then
- For this reason
- On the other hand
- At that moment
- Despite this
Use in any order!
Sort into the different jobs done by the connectives. For example: to add to, to contradict, to explain cause and effect and to indicate time.
Just in case you need reminding, here are some examples of openers:
- use a connective
While Dad sat on the sofa, Mum cooked the tea.
- try an 'ing' clause
Waiting for his tea, Dad watched the 6 o'clock news.
- try an 'ed' clause
Shocked by the breaking news, Dad called Mum in from the kitchen.
- use a simile
Like an olympic sprinter, Mum rushed in to watch the breaking news.
- try an adverb
Solemnly, she sat and watched the disaster unfold.
- use one word
Sad, she went back into the kitchen to continue cooking.
- use 'But'
But Dad realised he was no longer hungry, as he was so worried that his parents were caught up in the hurricane disaster.
- use a prepositional phrase
At the end of the worktop in the kitchen, Mum stood with tears slowly falling down her face.
Can you write an example of each opener?
VCOP Teacher is not a walking dictionary - this is a dictionary and this year you WILL use them!
Dictionaries contain lots of information about each word:
- its definition
- what word class it is (n= noun; v = verb; adj = adjective)
- its origin
- related words or sayings, if it has any.
Use your dictionary to check these spellings:
Write the words correctly - can you put them in a sentence?
Friday, 25 July 2008
Well, as you quite rightly know, we do steal them from other countries but where do our other stolen words come from?
Have a look at these words and make some guesses?
jangle autobiography August pizza
wellington banquet solo sandwich
sphere thump photograph biro gurgle
splash spaghetti soprano cuckoo
hiss alto concerto
What country are some of these words stolen from?
Our words are also stolen from names, old languages and sounds. Can you find more?
Did you spot any connections between words?
What do we call it when words sound like the sound the word makes?
Can you build up a Stolen word collection from other countries, old languages, names or sounds?
- The Netherlands
The Stolen words:
Now can you put them into a Red Hot Sentence?
You take turns to say a line in a story which you then hand on to your partner by suggesting a connective, e.g.
Child 1: Once there was a woodcutter who
Child 2: spent many hours in the forest because
Child 1: his wife spent so much money at Marks & Spencer, he had no choice to work while
Here are some connectives for you to play with!
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Daily use of your VCOP Journal will certainly improve your writing. Now let's get started!
Think about your writing, what do you like to write?
What does your teacher nag you to do?
What do you keep forgetting?
When were you most proud of something you had written?
What are your strengths?