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Week 7 - wb 8th June

Week 7 writing challenge:

 

Make your own mini beast adventure story

 

For our 'Eggs and Legs' topic, we want you to write your very own story involving minibeasts.

In our 'Explore reading' section, we will be covering 'James and the Giant Peach' so you could use that to give you some ideas.

If you want to read more stories to give you some ideas: https://www.booksfortopics.com/minibeasts there are lots of great stories here, and you can usually type their names into YouTube to hear them being read aloud.

Think 'Superworm', 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'James and the Giant Peach', 'Spyder'

 

Activity 1: Plan your 5 part story.

  1. First, think about your characters - Who is your hero? What mini beast might they be? What are they like inside and outside? Think about what evil characters might be in the story? Who will be their enemy? What will they be like? 

Use the character planning sheets to help you create a goody and a baddy.

   2. Create a 5 part story plan - You MAY like to do it all in one go, or you may like to plan each part of the story just before you write it.

Think about what happens in each part of the story

Opening - describe the setting and introduce characters. Can you add any adjectives/noun phrases to your plan to help build up a picture. 

Build up- The characters might start to go on their adventure and they might realise something/find out something. How can you create a little bit of drama here?

Dilemma - problem time! Something bad has to happen! Can you think of any dramatic adverbs (suddenly, immediately...)? Will you use any exciting punctuation? (! …)

Resolution - the characters might work together to solve the problem. Think about those verbs and adverbs for how they might act.

Ending - How will the story end? Will it end happily? Or will it end with a mysterious cliff hanger...

Activity 2: Plan and write your Opening

Key things to think about.

You will be mainly describing the characters and setting and maybe starting off the action.

- adjectives (list of 3 using a comma): "Incy was a hairy, tickly and wiggly spider with eight long and spindly legs"

and noun phrases "The deep, dark woods were especially scary at night as that was the time the hungry owls came out to eat"

- think about describing what your main character is like on the inside and the outside.

- Sentence and story openers (One day... In the deep, dark woods... It was a bright and sunny day in ______) 

 

Look back at your plans and make your first draft opening.

 

When you have finished it, read it back to make sure it makes sense!

Is there anything extra you can add in to make it EVEN better? (punctuation, more ambitious vocabulary etc)

 

 

Activity 3: Plan and write your build up

Key things to think about.

Your characters need to start off on their adventure. Where are they planning on going to and why What are they supposed to be doing? Has someone sent them on a secret mission? Have they gone out to find some food and discovered something?

- Sentence openers (Later that day... As he/she was ______) 

- think about verbs and adverbs (what they are doing and how) fluttering beautifully through the sky when...

- Are they meeting any other characters?

 

Look back at your plans and make your first draft of the build up.

 

When you have finished it, read it back to make sure it makes sense!

Is there anything extra you can add in to make it EVEN better? (punctuation, more ambitious vocabulary etc)

 

 

Activity 4: Plan and write your dilemma

Key things to think about.

DRAMA! Something bad happens! How can you make it as dramatic as possible?

- dramatic sentence openers (Suddenly... At that moment... All of a sudden... Out of nowhere... As soon as...)

- adjectives, adverbs, verbs to help create a really exciting and clear picture in your reader's mind.

- punctuation (!...) Can you create some suspense...

- They could have MULTIPLE problems (eg. your character has to defeat one insect, and then another comes) so you may have to repeat the problem and resolution stages a couple of times.

 

 

Look back at your plans and make your first draft of the dilemma.

 

When you have finished it, read it back to make sure it makes sense!

Is there anything extra you can add in to make it EVEN better? (punctuation, more ambitious vocabulary etc)

 

 

Activity 5: Plan and write your Resolution.

Key things to think about.

This is how your characters solve their problem(s). How do they do it? Is it easy and straight forward or is it complicated and tense? 

- adverbs, adjectives, verbs to give as much detail as possible

- Sentence and story openers (Fortunately... Luckily... Just in time... ) 

 

Look back at your plans and make your first draft of your resolution.

 

When you have finished it, read it back to make sure it makes sense!

Is there anything extra you can add in to make it EVEN better? (punctuation, more ambitious vocabulary etc)

Activity 6: Plan and write the ending.

 

Key things to think about.

How does it end? Is it a happy ending where everything is solved? Does it end on a cliff hanger full of mystery?

- Sentence and story openers (Finally... After their long day... As night time apporached) 

- punctuation (!...)

- How do we know it is the end of the story?

 

Look back at your plans and make your first draft ending.

 

When you have finished it, read it back to make sure it makes sense!

Is there anything extra you can add in to make it EVEN better? (punctuation, more ambitious vocabulary etc)

Please send any of your stories to your class teacher! They would LOVE to receive them heart
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