Journalistic Writing

One of the writing genres covered in Year 6 is journalistic writing. Journalistic writing is a type of non-fiction writing where children create newspaper or magazine articles and report on real or imagined events. When teaching journalistic writing, a prompt will give your students reason to write as well as an audience. Here is an effective writing prompt for journalistic writing you can use with your students; it inspired great pieces of writing from my class.

Scenario: Tell your pupils to imagine that they are all journalists, you are their newspaper editor and that you have called them in on a meeting because of some breaking news. Early in the morning the newspaper received the following video. You are sending all your journalists to get information about this event and write an article for the newspaper. The best newspaper article will be the one published in tomorrow’s newspaper. Show them the video and wait for reactions (not for the faint hearted).

*Note: You may find that many of your students will already know the application used to make this, but just play along with it and tell them to pretend that it is real.

Make sure that your pupils are familiar with the features of journalistic writing. Checklists are a great way to help your pupils stay on track when writing. Encourage their peers to assess their writing as well as give teacher feedback. That way assessment isn’t always coming from you.  You can use many found online or click { HERE } to download an editable one from Saved you a Spot, for free!

Below is a funny newspaper article that was written by one of many inspired journalists.

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Happy Birthday, Oliver Moon – A book review

The Oliver Moon books, published by Usborne and written by Sue Mongredien are very popular amongst primary school children. They are easy to read, with fun stories children love.

Read on for a book review, by Simran (age 10).

It’s Oliver Moon’s birthday and Mrs. Moon invites Oliver’s not so good wizardly friends by accident. Bully Bogeywort sneaks around Oliver’s birthday presents and creates havoc. There is a big chunk missing from the squishy work cake Mr. Moon had baked, and one of the candles is broken – then Granny Moon appears! It’s full of magic spells and surprises. 

My favourite part was when it began raining down from Bully’s pockets onto the table, which where Oliver’s presents. It was funny that the cupcake was talking. 

I really enjoyed this book and I will read more of the Oliver Moon series. I would especially love to read this book to my little sister to see if she would like it. I give it a three star rating. ⭐⭐⭐

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Listen to an extract from Happy Birthday, Oliver Moon and Oliver Moon and the Spider Spell audiobook! 

Go to The Oliver Moon Junior Wizard site to see the whole series! 

 

 

 

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Robinson Crusoe Display

Historical narratives can be tough for kids to comprehend as they are written in an old-fashioned style and use vocabulary that has seized to exist. By breaking them down and analysing them bit by bit, children can be exposed to powerful pieces of writing that have shaped the world of literature. It is impressive to see how well children respond to them, once they have gained concrete understanding. 

We looked at an extract from Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s novel 1719, and answered some comprehension questions, to aid understanding of the structure and meaning of the text. Once children took ownership of it, identified how Daniel Defoe’s long sentences mirrored the endless waves and the out-of-breath feeling Robinson Crusoe would have had toiling amongst the waves, the task was assigned. Their task was to continue the extract for the next five minutes of the story, using as many phrases as possible to describe what it was like for Robinson Crusoe once his feet touched the ground. They were allowed to use some words and phrases from other historical narratives we had read, following some of Pie Corbett’s Talk4Writing strategies, and their writing hit the roof!

This display aims to honour the children’s wonderful writing. A powerful, simple-to-make display  for outstanding pieces of work, using Twinkl’s Stormy Sea theme page borders.

When children’s work inspires teachers! ❤

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The Tyger: poem by William Blake

Year 6 were introduced to “The Tyger” poem by William Blake and were mesmerised by it.  There is no doubt that this piece of literature is immortal and still burns bright with today’s youth. 🐯

The Tyger” is a poem by the English poet William Blake published in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection.  Twinkl’s PowerPoint is a great resource to use when teaching it as it has a complete literacy unit, which incorporates poetry and persuasive writing.

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

As William Blake was not only a poet but an artist too,  the children brought the tiger to life after an in-depth discussion of their impressions of the poem. We used Harriet Muller’s YouTube video and created some magnificent pieces of artwork!

TOP TIP: When displaying children’s work, go for an eye-catching border to make it pop!

Here is our end result! Hope you like it! 🐯🐯🐯

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The Energy Bus for Kids

The Energy Bus for Kids is an illustrated adaptation for children of the best-selling fable, for adults, by Jon Gordon. It is a story about staying positive and overcoming challenges. Jon Gordon shows children how to overcome negativity, bullies and everyday challenges.  It’s a story that teaches children how to find their inner motivation and pass on that positive energy to others. 

Stavros (age 11) wrote a brilliant book review about this book. He loved it and would love for you all to read it! Read on for Stavros’ book review…

What is the book about? 

The story is about a boy called George who has a lot of things going wrong for him, every day at school. His bus driver, Mrs Joy, teaches him different ways of being positive all the time. She teaches him how not to be bullied and to show love and kindness to everybody. 

Who would you recommend the book to and why? 

I would recommend this to book to all the children in the world. It teaches you how to be a good child and to always think positive. 

What ages and interests is it suitable for?

 It is suitable for all children from the age of 6 years onwards. That’s when they start school and it will teach them what’s right and wrong. 

Rating:  5 Stars

Visit www.EnergyBusKids.com for additional information, free downloads, resources, and to sign up for Jon Gordon’s free Positive Tip newsletter.

You will find great teaching ideas for PSHE and building children’s positive mindset. 

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who was forced into hiding during World War Two, to escape from the Nazis. Together with seven others, she hid in the secret annex, in Amsterdam. Sadly, after more than two years in hiding, they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one to survive. Anne kept a diary during this time; it was her dream to become a famous writer. After her death, Anne’s dream came true by becoming world-famous because of the diary she wrote, whilst in hiding.

Nikol, in Year 6, thoroughly enjoyed reading  ‘Anne Frank’ by Susanna Davidson, published in 2010 by Usborne. It’s part of the Young Reading Series 3 titles, which are for fully confident readers, who still need to gain the stamina for standard length books. They use advanced sentence structure and vocabulary, and have more complex plots. 

Click on the image to go to kidzbooks, an official Usborne representative, to order the book.

Read on for Nikol’s book review and other Anne Frank teaching suggestions below.

What is the book about?

This book is about a wonderful, strong girl. She had a normal life, then suddenly, Hitler and the Nazis decided to kill of the Jews; Anne was Jewish. At the age of thirteen, Anne and her family had to remain hidden from the Nazis. On her birthday, she got a diary that she wrote in. Unfortunately, she passed away in the concentration camp, in Poland, where she was sent after they discovered the hiding place. Her father published her diary, after she died.

I would recommend this book to everyone around the world! Everyone should see what happened to her and her family.

I found it shocking that for 2 years she couldn’t go out and shout loudly! She was very BRAVE!

I give this book a 5 star rating!  

Nikol (age 10)

More about Anne Frank:

Visit the Anne Frank site and discover more about her life by clicking  HERE . 

Teacher tested and highly recommended, great differentiation comprehension worksheets about Anne Frank can be found on Twinkl.

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Wolf Hill: Hidden Gold

Wolf Hill is an exciting series from Roderick Hunt, illustrated by Alex Brychta, creators of the Oxford Reading Tree. It is designed to provide an easy, supportive and sustained read for those pupils who need to gain confidence and motivation in their reading. The stories will appeal to children aged, approximately, 7-11 and deal with the real-world adventures of a group of friends who live and attend school in an area called Wolf Hill. It’s a great series, highly recommended to emergent and reluctant readers.

Hidden Gold is a Level 1 book from the Wolf Hill series.  Alex (aged 10) really enjoyed reading it and gave it a rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5. Read on to see his book review. 

What can you tell us about the book ? 

Loz and some of her friends have a secret sen that they play at their grandma’s garden. One day they want to put a new carpet in the den. They hear a hollow sound from the floor – it is a secret hiding place. They find some very old coins that are very valuable. A woman who works at a collectibles store tries to trick them, but Mr. Saffrey has a plan! 

I would recommend this book to my friends. It is funny and I like how it ends and how they play a trick on the sneaky woman. 

This book is suitable for ages 7-10. I think people who like mysteries and secret plans will like the book. 

 

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Figurative language posters based on the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Figurative language in literature is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from its literal interpretation.  By being literal we mean exactly what we say. An author is literal when they state facts. When they choose to use figurative language they are often trying to make a literary point by using exaggeration or comparison to appeal to the readers senses. This makes their writing more powerful and vivid.

There are many different types of figurative language. It is very common in poetry but is also used in fiction and non-fiction as well. Our class novel, this first term, is the ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe‘ by C.S.Lewis. A classic children’s book which is as far as I’m concerned, timeless. For novel study, I have created some posters using quotations from the book to aid figurative language understanding and teaching.

The posters use images, from the internet; I have no claim over them whatsoever. This resource has been created  for educational purposes only, to help children become familiar with the world of figurative language.

If this is something that interests you, you can download them for free HERE for your personal use.

Leave a quote below if you find a quote in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe that uses figurative speech and what type it is.

Let’s see how many we can find!

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Socks, Shocks and Secrets Book Review

Socks, Shocks and Secrets is a children’s novel written by Leila Rasheed. It is the second book in the series: The Fantastic Diary of  Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. My pupils this year, especially the girls, absolutely loved reading her books.

Below is a book review from one of my pupils, Katerina, age 11. 

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

Bathsheba, mum, dad, Bathsheba’s friends. I loved the characters, they surprised me what they did.

What was the story about? 

Bathsheba is a child of divorces parents. She does not know her father but when her mum has to leave, Bathsheba has to go and live with her father. After a long time they reside together and get to know each other better. 

Did you learn something form this book and would you recommend it to others? 

I recommend this book to you because it will teach you that there are different ways to see matters. I give it five stars! 

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is J.K. Rowling’ debut novel, the first novel in the Harry Potter series,  first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published a year later in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation. 

The novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. It has been translated into at least sixty-seven other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six of its sequels.

Read this book review by Paris, aged 11, to get a feel of this timeless, classic novel.

Characters:

Harry Potter, who is a brave, new wizard. Mr and Mrs Venom, who give anything to their son and never punish him. Dudley, son of Mr and Mrs Venom, Ronald Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend, who has smart thinking. Dumbledore, Heasdmaster and guardian of Hogwarts.

Plot:

Harry Potter lives with horrible people when he gets mail and realizes he’s a wizard. Harry goes to a magical school called ‘Hogwarts’, which has an entrance invisible to muggles (meaning humans). Dumbledore is protecting a stone at the school, which will make you immortal. There are soul sharing bodies trying to get to the stone. Harry fights one-on-one with just his body. His mother, before dying, gave him a hug which makes the soul in a body suffer from pain, if he just touches Harry. He defended the stone using every power of his, but unfortunately the stone broke.

Opinion:

I love the book because I really like hearing about magic and the sport Quidditch. It is an absolutely amazing adventure book and deserves to be popular.

Recommendation:

I think this book should be read by everyone: adults and children. Not just this book…all of the series! Amazing books!

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