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Week 2 - 08.06.20

Writing -  Week 2 - Our Dragon's Story

Just like when we are in school, our writing is going to follow our adventure! 

 

Our adventure so far...

You have found a mysterious dragon egg. You have researched into dragons and predicted what you think your dragon might look like.

This week...

You look closely at your dragon egg and discover that there is a note! It's a note from the dragon's mother, explaining that she had to leave them there.  She knew she could trust you with her dragon and has asked that you take care of them. She will return once their home is safe again. 

 

All this week, we are going to write our very own story of how we think our Dragon Egg ended up being in our care! 

 

Day 1 - Planning 

As with any story, you must have a good plan so that you know where your story starts, the problem in the middle and how your story ends. We already know how the story ends as we have the dragon egg, so you just need to work out the rest! 

Using the templates below, pick which one you would like to use to plan your story and copy this onto your own piece of paper. 

Think about the different parts to your story. Just make sure that the resolution is that the mother dragon leaves the dragon egg with you! 

 

Day 2 - Beginning 

Let's start our story today. Following the story map, let's start at the begging where we must answer: 

  • What happens at the beginning?
  • Who are the main characters? 
  • Where is it set?

I think we should focus on the setting today. Use the 'descriptosauras' to help you imagine and create the land where your dragon egg is from. You may want to draw yourself a map, and decide where you main character and villan lives like this: 

When describing your setting, you may want to use lots of expanded noun phrases that also include different prepositions to describe where things are. Below is your favourite video to remind you how to do this! I have also included a preposition word mat to help you. 

You may also want to describe the main character.  This will probably be the dragon egg's mother. 

The Expanded Noun Phrase Song

Here is our song about expanded noun phrases using adjectives before the noun and prepositions after the noun. We have highlighted the prepositions in yellow...

Day 3 - Build up and Problem

Today, we're going to tackle your build up and problem.

In your build up paragraph we need to answer: 

  • What happens next? 
  • How does the story hint at the problem? - Does someone receive a secret message? Has a clue been left behind? Did someone hear something in the night? 

In your problem paragraph we need to answer: 

  • What is the problem within the story? - Is there an evil wizard that captures dragon eggs to steal their powers? Is there a horrible troll that likes to eat baby dragons? Are the dragons being hunted because people think their evil? 

 

Today, I would like you to focus on your choice of conjunctions. Every time you use the conjunctions 'but' or 'and' use this word mat to help you find an alternative! Just make sure it still makes sense. 

Day 4 - Resolution and Ending

Today we will be finished our story! We will write two more paragraphs so that our story is complete. Your first paragraph will be the resolution. 

In your resolution paragraph we need to answer:

  • How is this problem resolved/sorted out?

In your ending paragraph we need to answer:

  • How does the story end?
  • Does it end happily?
  • Is there a twist to the plot?

 

Resolution 

When we think about the resolution, try and make this as exciting as possible! Was there a battle? Did the mother dragon have to go on a quest to find someone magical to help her? Who did she meet on her travels? 

 

Ending

Don't forget, we already know the ending as we have ended up with the dragon egg! You just need to tell the reader how it ended up with you and explain the reasons why. Did the mother dragon always plan to leave them with you? Was she planning on going somewhere else and she had to change her plan? Was it an accident that the dragon egg ended up with you? 

 

There will be lots of action during your resolution and ending, therefore I would like you to describe every piece of action using adverbs! 

An adverb is a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group expression the relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause and degree. 

Below is an adverb word mat to help you and videos to explain adverbs even more! 

Adverbs | English Grammar | Periwinkle

Adverbs: What Is An Adverb? Useful Grammar Rules, List & Examples

An adverb describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb... Learn more: https://7esl.com/english-adverbs/ There are different types of adverbs expressing d...

Day 5 - Editing

Today you are going to edit the your story. Just like in our short edit lessons, you are going to look at the checklist below and see if you have included everything that you can! Read through your work and check off the checklist as you go. If you see anything missing, see if you can include it. 

 

Whilst you're reading, you may also notice mistakes or realise that you could add more description. So add it! If you notice you have repeated anything such as adjectives, remove it. If you think you could improve your choice of words, improve it! Take everything you have learnt in our short edit lessons and apply them to your own writing. 

 

Capital letters and full stops

Miss Martin lives in England in a city called Leeds. She was born on Wednesday in July. Her favourite time of year is Christmas.

 

Question marks

Are you going to try hard with your writing?

 

Commas for lists

Children in Oak class love to sing, dance, draw and laugh.

 

Apostrophes for contraction

Don’t, won’t, can’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t, should’ve

 

Inverted commas for speech

“Oak class is the best!” shouted Miss Martin

Miss Martin loudly shouted, “Oak class is the best!”

 

Paragraphs

 

Adjectives

 

Expanded noun phrases:

The lovely, bright class worked hard on their interesting, detailed writing.

 

Fronted adverbials.

Yesterday, Before long,  Suddenly, After that,

 

Adverbs

Slowly, carefully, later, always, then, sometimes, everywhere, completely,

 

Prepositions:

Beneath, next to, opposite, after, during, in, because of

 

Conjunctions:

 As well as, also, because, if, but, however, therefore, yet, when, after, before, so

 

Present Perfect form of verbs:

He has gone our to play

She has lived here all her life.

We have been on holiday.

 

Beautiful cursive handwriting

 

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