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!
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