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25.01.21 - Suspense Narratives

This week, we are moving on to our unit of writing that focuses on the genre of suspense.

 

Monday 25th January:

Spelling Practice: 

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

This week's session is 'Unit 15: Hyphens and apostrophes': 

  • 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 text that builds tension [The Curse of Cogston House]

✎ Read through the suspense story 'Curse of Cogston House' and select an appropriate level of challenge for the comprehension questions. You can choose your level (must: ★, should: ★★ or could: ★★★) and check your answers once you have finished using the answer sheet included - no peeking before you've finished though!

 

Tuesday 26th January:

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

Main Lesson: To identify the key features of suspense stories [Haunters].

✎ In this lesson we will explore the genre of 'suspense stories' in more detail by examining their key features and then trying to find those features in an example text. Look through 'Building tension and suspense' PowerPoint presentation below then, using the checklist provided at the end of the presentation, try to identify these key features within the text 'Haunters' by Thomas Taylor (also provided below).

✎ Must: Identify 2-3 of the features within the text.

✎ Should: Identify 4-5 of the features within the text.

✎ Could: Identify 6+ of the features within the text trying to identify each different type of feature once.

 

Wednesday 27th January:

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

Main Lesson: To generate ideas for a setting description that builds tension [picture prompts].

✎ In this lesson we will explore a variety of picture prompts and pick one to build description towards our end goal this week of writing a full setting description. The aim will be to break down your chosen picture into the key features a character would experience in this setting. For example in the first picture you might focus on: the mist, the water, the boat, the trees, the house.

Upon identifying these key features you should then explore describing words and phrases that you think best suit these features using the 'Scary words word mat' below to help. 

✎ Must: Identify 2-3 of the features within the text and describe using careful vocabulary choices that focus on use of a range of senses.

✎ Should: Identify 2-3 of the features within the text and describe using careful vocabulary choices that focus on use of a range of senses and figurative language including simile, metaphor and personification.

✎ Could: Identify 4+ of the features within the text and describe using careful vocabulary choices that focus on use of a range of senses and figurative language including simile, metaphor and personification.

 

Thursday 28th January:

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

Main Lesson: To use sentence length and variation to build tension.

✎ In this lesson we will explore how sentence length can be used alongside the description development from yesterday to build tense and suspenseful sentences. Review the PowerPoint 'Using sentence lengths for effect' (found below) to see further examples of how varying sentence length can have an impact on your writing. Complete the tasks within the PowerPoint then use your own description from yesterday to build sentences of varied length.

✎Must: Complete the PowerPoint tasks and develop 2-3 sentences using your description from yesterday.

✎ Should: Complete the PowerPoint tasks and develop 4-5 sentences using your description from yesterday.

✎ Could: Complete the PowerPoint tasks and develop 6+ sentences using your description from yesterday.

Friday 29th January:

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

Main Lesson: To write a setting description, creating atmosphere and tension through description and sentence structure.

✎ In this lesson it's time to combine the week's learning together! The aim will be to produce a setting description following your chosen picture prompt using your developed sentences from last lesson. Use the 'Words and phrase to create suspense word mat' along with the 'Building tension and suspense checklist' below to remind you of the writing's key aims. 

✎ Must: Create a descriptive paragraph from your chosen picture prompt of 5-6 sentences that uses key tension building vocabulary, use of senses and varied sentence length for effect.

✎ Should: Create a descriptive paragraph from your chosen picture prompt of 7-8 sentences that uses key tension building vocabulary, use of senses and varied sentence length for effect.

✎ Could: Create two linked descriptive paragraphs from your chosen picture prompt of 5-6 sentences each that uses key tension building vocabulary, use of senses and varied sentence length for effect.

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