'Private Peaceful' is a rich text offering a lot personally, emotionally but also as a teaching tool. In this resource, it focuses on how authors cater for purpose, audience and effect.
It starts with a grid where you can look at different techniques around language, structure and imagery with pupils. Then the worksheet goes through pupils identifying and changing different writing methods to see what effect authors have within their texts, before finishing with creative writing tasks to test what pupils have learned about writing for purpose and impact.
There will be more to come in terms of guided reading - enjoy!
From working with primary schools, I know the intense emphasis placed on grammatical concepts and showing that pupils can use these accurately - ouch.
I'm hoping in the future to come up with lessons and resources on actually teaching some of these concepts, but in the meantime I have a worksheet for you based on the active and passive voice. The gist is that pupils read the extract and play around with changing active to passive and vice versa to learn what it does in texts and why we should recognise it. The extract finishes in a convenient place to allow for an extension activity to continue the story and practice using the two concepts imaginatively in their own work.
And hopefully, you might get a few Roald Dahl fans out of this as well! Enjoy - let me know how it goes and what other grammar worksheets you'd like to see on here!
There's nothing better than providing your stars with the tools for self-sufficiency, and that's the aim of this set of resources.
The first worksheet is a series of extracts with no punctuation whatsoever, so pupils must add in and vary the punctuation they use. Higher level pupils should be considering colons, semi-colons and hyphens where possible.
The second is aimed at varying punctuation for effect, moving from the basics to the complex - this allows all pupils to reach the level of the higher level pupils on the previous activity whilst reinforcing those punctuation types to the higher level pupils.
The third is to do with spicing up vocabulary/imagery choices - pupils are given two extracts with boring vocabulary and asked to make it exciting - perhaps a good choice for after teaching about types of imagery and how to use exaggeration and structure for effect.
Finally, pupils are given a text that is majorly over the top in terms of imagery and hyperbole, so they must edit it to see where language choices are appropriately made, and where they need deleting or replacing.
And step-by-step, you've created the beginnings of young editors! I've left the examples fairly generic to appeal to all and to allow for maximum editing opportunities - do let me know if you think of other ways to use these with your editors-in-training!
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Things like this are some of my favourite activities to do - it can be used to definitively show how good readers make good writers.
The gist is simple: using the resource below, you ask pupils to try and create examples of a type of writing (the example I've provided is for comedy). They cannot look at the rest of the booklet before doing this. Then, ask them to read the examples and consider the stars and wishes - what works well, and what doesn't in the extract. They can annotate and highlight to their heart's contents being happy little critics. Finally, the same grid from the start reappears - having read what they have, what examples can they come out with now?
Look at the examples side-by-side; get pupils to self and/or peer assess the changes and (hopefully!) improvements and explore why these are better choices. Fingers crossed, you come out with a classroom full of pupils whose second examples are better than their first, and thus show them that reading more made them better writers.
It's also a useful way to introduce them to new reading materials and drag them from same-genre same-author monotony. The texts I've used - 'Demon Dentist', 'The Princess Diaries' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' are perhaps best suited to later KS2 or very early KS3, and of course the same thing can be done with other texts - these are just samples.
As always, let me know how you get on, and please refer resources and new users to Literacy Stars - more stars means we shine brighter!
Exciting times - my first literacy share on Literacy Stars!
And today, I bring you P.E.E. Mobiles.
It sounds weird but it's a brilliant way to keep track of your pupils' understanding of explaining and analysing texts.
You copy as many of the below document as you need, plus a few spares (for the ones who love to be neat and the ones who will inevitably need to redo), and chop them up (kids can do the proper cutting, you just need a quick slice!). Only hand out the 'point' mobile. Pupils cannot get the 'evidence' mobile until you've checked their work and signed them off on it - the same goes for moving to the 'explanation' mobile. Then, to top it all off, if pupils have a good explanation sorted, you hole punch the bottom of the 'point', the top and bottom of the 'evidence', and the top of the 'explanation' and give them treasury tags - they've created their mobile! And in a double-header, you've got yourself some lovely display materials acting as reminders for good practice/success criteria.
Give it a go - it's something I love doing with year seven, and although it sounds a bit claustrophobic, I promise you won't have 30 kids coming at you together - in fact, differentiate by having the higher level kids assess the P.E.E.s of those still working.
Let me know how you get on in the 'Comments', and by all means feedback on your experiences good or bad!
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