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22.02.21 - Biographies

This week, our writing unit focuses on biographies.

 

Monday 22nd February:

Spelling Practice: 

✎ Nelson: Complete the activities from the Nelson text book (available at the bottom of this page).

This week's session is 'Unit 18: same letters, different sounds': 

  • Must: complete 'Focus'
  • Should: complete 'Focus' and 'Extra'
  • Could: complete 'Focus', 'Extra' and 'Extension' using some of the words in sentences of your own.

Main Lesson: To answer questions about a biography.

✎ Start by watching the video by clicking here.

✎ If you usually attend pre-teaching, Mrs Milne has created this additional resource for you to help you understand some of the vocabulary in the text.

✎ Download the text and question sheets, and have a go at answering them.

✎ Check back this afternoon for the answers!

 

Tuesday 23rd February:

Reading Response: Complete 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading. 

Main Lesson: To identify the key features of biographies.

✎ In this lesson we will explore biographies in more detail by examining their key features and trying to find those features in an example text. During the Zoom lesson, Miss Scott will ask you to look at the Sir Isaac Newton biography that you looked at on Monday(available below), so if you are able to print that off beforehand that would be great. No worries if not, you will be able to look at it on the screen. 

✎ Miss Scott will also refer to a second Sir Isaac Newton biography to compare the first one with. You can find this by clicking here.

✎ If you usually attend pre-teaching, Mrs Milne has created this additional resource for you to help you understand some of the vocabulary in the text.

✎ All of the resources for the lesson are available below and, using the colour coding system, you will need to identify the key features of the Sir Isaac Newton biography in more detail than when doing the comprehension activities on Monday.

✎ Core features are the word classes of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Rather than colour coding each of these words, you might want to start by using the colour coding system and then thinking about some patterns you see with these words. 

✎ Text specific features - these are the features that are specific to the type of text that you are looking at. As you might have noticed when reading the biography yesterday, it is broken into sections using headings so this could be a structural, text specific feature.

✎ Extra features - these are parts of the text that also help us pinpoint the key features of a biography, including conjunctions and pronouns specifically. Do you notice anything about all of the pronouns used in the biography?

  • Must: identify the text specific and core features of the first page of the biography.
  • Should: identify the text specific and core features of the biography.
  • Could: identify the text specific, core and extra features of the biography. As an extension task, you could do the same colour coding activity against the second biography that we looked at during the lesson (available here) and compare the two in terms of their features.

 

Wednesday 24th February:

Reading Response: Complete 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading. 

Main Lesson: To revise the different tenses.

✎ During this recorded lesson (access by clicking here), Miss Scott will go through the simple, perfect and progressive forms of the past, present and future tenses.

✎ If you usually attend pre-teaching, Mrs Milne has created this additional resource for you to help you understand some of the vocabulary in the text.

✎ There is a summary of each of the tenses on the activity sheet.

✎ Once you have watched the recorded lesson, please have a go at completing the activities below. The worksheet is available at the bottom of this page.

  • Must: Complete Challenge 1.
  • Should: Complete Challenge 1 and Challenge 2.
  • Could: Complete Challenge 1, Challenge 2 and Challenge 3. 

 

Thursday 25th February:

Handwriting and Spelling Practice: Download the Statutory Spelling and Handwriting Mindfulness Booklet (available at the bottom of this page). Complete letters K and L.

Main Lesson: To organise information into chronological order and into categories.

✎ If you usually attend pre-teaching, Mr McLaren has created this additional resource for you.

✎ During this Zoom lesson, Miss Scott will be showing you how we can look at a range of information and work out which section of a biography it should be written in, as well as making sure that the information is written in chronological order.

✎ As we know a lot about Sir Isaac Newton now, this lesson's biographical information that you will be categorising and ordering chronologically is about Mary Seacole. She was a nurse who volunteered in the Crimean War, but you'll find out more about her during the lesson.

✎ The activity is available below and will be covered in the Zoom lesson, however you will need to look at each of the pieces of information and categorise whether they should go into the Introduction, Early Life, Their Work or Later Years sections of a biography. When you have thought about which section they should go in, you need to make sure they are in chronological order. Ideally, you will need to cut each of the pieces of information and stick them into the relevant section of the biography table, in chronological order. Alternatively, you could rewrite each piece of information into the relevant section.

✎ Look at adverbial phrases, conjunctions and key bits of information, considering our key features of biographies checklist, to help you work out the order and category of the information.

✎ Check back in the afternoon for the answers!

✎ All of the resources for the lesson are available below.

  • Must: categorise and order at least the Introduction section and the Early Life section of the biography.
  • Should: categorise and order at least the Introduction, Early Life and some of the Their Work sections of the biography.
  • Could: categorise and order the Introduction, Early Life, Their Work and Later Years sections of the biography. 

 

Friday 26th February:

Reading Response: Complete 10 minutes (minimum) of independent or shared reading. 

Main Lesson: To write an introduction for a biography.

✎ If you usually attend pre-teaching, Mr McLaren has created a video for you to watch which you can access by clicking here.

✎ Today's lesson, we will focus on the role of and content within an introductory paragraph for a biography. Miss Churn will go through this all with you in the Zoom lesson.

✎ During the Zoom, we will think about the types of information included in introductions, and the style in which they should be written. We will look at an example, before writing our own together. 

✎ After the Zoom, you should download the sheet below and have a go at writing your own introduction about author Katherine Rundell.

  • Must: include an answer to each of the 5 Ws in your introduction.
  • Should: as above, and write in a formal tone (thinking about the different rules for doing this from the Zoom).
  • Could: as above, and include high level conjunctions and multi-clause sentences (which are appropriately punctuated). There is a conjunction and connective work bank that you can use to help you below.
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