This week we’re going to be doing some writing and SPAG activities based on what you’ll be doing about in the adventure lessons. Make sure you've checked out the adventure lessons too as you might need the information from those to do your writing activity.
For this first lesson I’d like you to start to write a non-chronological report about Italy using all the information that you have found out in the first adventure lesson.
All about non-chronological reports
A non-chronological report is a non-fiction report which is not written in time order. A non-chronological report is focused on a single topic and includes various facts about this topic.
The features of a non-chronological report include some of the following:
An eye-catching heading
An introductory paragraph
Text split up into paragraphs and each paragraph on a different aspect of the subject
Sub-headings for each paragraph
Usually written in present tense
Pictures of the subject
Captions under each picture to explain what is in the picture
Lists of facts in bullet points
Boxes containing interesting individual facts to grab the attention of the reader
Today I’d like you to focus on writing the introduction. This needs to grab the reader’s attention and make them want to read on to find out more about Italy. You could use objectives like rhetorical questions, exciting verbs, modal verbs, relative clauses for extra information and fronted adverbials.
You need to give key facts about the country of Italy like the population and where it’s located without being specific on different areas of the country like its climate or famous landmarks.
For this lesson I’d like you to finish your non-chronological report with some key features of Italy. First decide on what sections you’d like to have in your report and what the sub-headings would be such as famous Italians, the history of Italy, the geography of Italy and Italian food.
In a report you need to make sure you’re factual so include all the information you found out in the first adventure lesson. But remember you can still include writing objectives to make it more interesting like adjectives, relative clauses and fronted adverbials.
Try and make your sub-headings interesting too – you might use alliteration to do this such as ‘Irresistible, incredible Italian food’.
Today I’d like you to think about the work you did in the adventure lesson yesterday when you found out lots of key information about the Colosseum in Rome. As you found out, it is a world-famous landmark that is visited by millions every year. There are many fascinating things to be found out when visiting the landmark. It costs tourists to visit the Colosseum, so it brings in a lot of money.
Therefore, tourists are encouraged to go there through advertising (adverts, leaflets and posters) showing people reasons they should visit.
Today I’d like you to write and design your own leaflet to tell tourists all about the exciting reasons they should visit. You might include some of the history of the Colosseum, what they will experience when they get there, if there are guided tours on offer, how much it costs to visit, if there is a gift shop and any quotes from visitors who enjoyed their experience.
Watch this video to give you some ideas for how to write and design your leaflet.
Today I’d like you to write a description. Using the picture of the Italian landmark from the adventure activities page and the sketch you did yesterday, describe what it looks like.
For your description think about describing the shape, colour, texture of the building, the surrounding setting and any of the 5 senses you may experience when being there. Then think about what objectives you may use in your writing to make it interesting and exciting to read. You may want to use expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases, adjectives, relative clauses, fronted adverbials, similes and metaphors.
You could start by labelling the picture with lots of ideas to use in your writing. Think about the 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch) as this may give you some more ideas.
Today I’d like you to use the adventure lesson from today to help you write an invitation to your family to invite them to your own Italian feast. You’ll have written your 3-course menu and now I want you to use your imagination to think of what your Italian restaurant would be called.
For your invitation you need to include the name of your restaurant, when the meal will be served, what food is on the menu (make sure you describe it well to make them want to eat it), reasons they should visit and what the dress code is (what they should wear).