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English Learning

ENGLISH - Thursday 2nd April

 

Reading

Either:

Read a non fiction text about an animal of your choice.

Or:

Challenge yourself to think of as many animals as possible that feature in a book.

Write a list.  How many can you get on your list?

e.g. Winnie the Pooh 

Stella Artois (from Kensuke's Kingdom)

 

Writing

Write up a neat copy of your letter, thinking carefully about your handwriting.  Here are the letter joins to help you. 

Don't forget to make sure that your main paragraphs are in the order that you chose yesterday. 

 

 

OR, you could write a persuasive letter to your parents asking them to let you have a new pet.  It could be a cat or a dog, or something outrageous like a tiger!

 

ENGLISH- Wednesday 1st April

 

Reading

Today, we have a reading comprehension for you all about the sun!  You can choose your level of challenge from mild, spicy or hot. 

You do not have a copy of this in your packs so if it is difficult to print the comprehension or to read it on the screen, try this activity instead, using a book that you have read recently

Writing

Find the letter that you started yesterday.  You should have written your introduction and your three persuasive paragraphs.

Now write a conclusion.  This should sum up your argument.

 

Your next step is to read your work through carefully. 

Edit it for flow and impact, checking that you have used all the features we talked about yesterday. These are:

 

  • emotive language (strong adjectives)
  • daring people to disagree (clearly.... surely.....obviously....everyone knows that)
  • rhetorical questions (e.g. "are we expected to ..."  or "how will ....?")
  • mixing in opinion and facts (so that your opinions sound like the truth)
  • statistics or facts to back up your argument

Check punctuation carefully. 

Have you used capital letters and full stops?  Make sure that you have included at least one set of parenthesis and used commas to separate out parts of a sentence.  

Now Look at your three main paragraphs. 

  • Put a number 1 by the paragraph that is most persuasive.
  • Put a number 2 by the second most persuasive
  • Put a number 3 by the third. 
Tomorrow, we are going to write your letter up in neat.  When you do, you might want to change the paragraph order because you need your most persuasive argument first!

ENGLISH -  Tuesday 31st March

 

Reading

Read “Four Little Blossoms” (in your packs) and answer the questions. 

See link below to download if you do not have a paper copy.

 

Today, we are going to continue writing our persuasive letter. 

Read back through your introduction. 

Circle the words or phrases that you are most proud of, then check if you can make any improvements.

 

Now you are going to write the three main points for your persuasive letter, using your notes from yesterday. 

For each paragraph, start with a topic sentence, then explain your idea in more detail, giving examples if possible. 

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Remember to include lots of persuasive language! 

  • emotive language (strong adjectives)
  • daring people to disagree (clearly.... surely.....obviously....everyone knows that)
  • rhetorical questions (e.g. "are we expected to ..."  or "how will ....?")
  • mixing in opinion and facts (so that your opinions sound like the truth)
  • statistics or facts to back up your argument

As an example, this is my first point in a letter to persuade Mrs Bailey that she should provide a swimming pool for pupils (and staff!).

 

Firstly, learning to swim saves lives.  We never know what might happen in life.  If a pupil fell into a pool or lake and was not able to swim to safety, would you really want to have that on your conscience?  Everybody knows that swimming is a basic life skill, every single year group should have the opportunity to swim regularly, develop their stamina and strength in the water in order to keep themselves (and others) safe.  Did you know that only 45% of school leavers are confident in the water?

 

I have underlined some of the persuasive techniques that I have used.  

 

Now it's your turn to write!

 

ENGLISH

 

Reading

Today you are going to practise your inference skills but instead of using a text, you are going to use a picture!

Look carefully at this picture and then answer the questions that follow.  

Writing

Over the next week, you are going to write a letter persuading someone of something you feel strongly about.  You can choose any topic at all.  It could be:

  • to persuade Mrs Bailey to abolish homework
  • to persuade people to recycle
  • to persuade people to stop throwing plastic away

or something completely different of your own choosing.

 

Today, you are going to make some notes to get started and then write the introduction.  

 

Here is an example of a persuasive letter to get you thinking.  Look particularly at the way that the topic of the letter is introduced in the first sentence.

 

 

 Once you have decided what your letter is going to be about, think about the structure.  Here is a slide to help you.  

 

Your letter will consist of an introduction or opening statement, three main points and a summary/conclusion. 

Decide now on your 3 main points and write some notes ready for tomorrow, then  write your introduction.  

ENGLISH - Friday 27th March

 

Reading

Either:  Curl up with one of your favourite books and enjoy a good read.

Or:        Choose something you have learned from your reading this week and make a mini 

             documentary about it.  The documentary should last no longer than 4 minutes and should be                     videoed or performed to a member of your family.

Or:        Think of a new book title that your favourite author might write.  Design the front cover and the                   blurb on the back.  

Writing

Today in your English you are going to do a “Purple Book” write.  Here is the picture to start you off, and some questions to ask yourself.  There is also a story starter in case you want to use it.  Then, just write! 

Try to include:

  • at least three fronted adverbial phrases (e.g. As they burst in, .......)
  • at least one sentence started with and -ed word (e.g. Terrified, .........
  • at least one set of parenthesis ( you could use ( ), - - or , ,)         

 

Story Starter:

The humidity was unbearable. Perhaps when the entered the temple it would be cooler?

The group had been travelling together for days, fighting their way through the jungle. They had exhausted themselves wrestling with vines and branches, drenched in sweat as the heat attacked them.

All around them the air was heavy; each breath was a gasp. The jungle climate was oppressive, and they were in need of rest.

As the group hacked their way through the dense foliage with their machetes, they had glimpsed the hidden temple. Approaching the door with a sense of growing trepidation, they knew they had to go inside; curiosity and desperation had got the better of them…

 

Discussion points -

  • What does ‘trepidation’ mean? Why might they be feeling it?
  • Who are ‘the group’? Why are they in the jungle?
  • What does ‘curiosity and desperation got the better of them’ mean?
  • Would you venture into the temple?
  • What might they find inside?
  • Do you think all of the group want to go in?
  • Why is the floor green?

ENGLISH - Wednesday 25th March

 

Reading

Read “A Trillion Tropical Leaves” (in your packs) and answer the questions. 

See link below to download if you do not have a paper copy.

 

 

 

Writing

Today in your English we would like you to think about fact and opinion.

Discussion point -

  • What is the difference between facts and opinion?

Look at this help sheet: 

 

Use this help sheet to decide which of these are facts and which are opinions.

 

See answers at the bottom of today's page!

In persuasive writing, writers often mix up opinions with facts in order to be even more persuasive. 

Watch this christmas advert through two or three times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBPkKgJ_N2A

  • Are there any facts?
  • Can you find any opinions? 
  • Write them down.
  • How does the advert try to hook you in?

 

Next time you are watching the TV and the adverts come on, watch closely.  What are the facts?  What are the opinions?

Answers:

  • Fact
  • Opinion
  • Opinion
  • Fact
  • Opinion 
  • Fact

How did you do?

ENGLISH – Tuesday 24th March

 

Reading

Read “Who’s the Best Footballer on the Planet” (in your packs) and answer the questions. 

See link below to download if you do not have a paper copy. 

Writing

Today in your English we are going to carry on thinking about persuasive texts.

Discussion points -

  • What persuades you to look at/buy something?
  • How can you make an advert more persuasive?

Look at this advert for the National Lottery:

Using the right modal verb can make your writing SO much more persuasive!  

Can you  find ALL the modal verbs in the  following text?  Use this list to help you.

 

Can you replace some of the modal verbs to make this text even more persuasive?

Can you replace some of them to make the text less persuasive?

ENGLISH - Monday 23rd March 

 

Reading

Read “Favela Street Kid” (in your packs) and answer the questions. 

See link below to download if you do not have a paper copy. 

 

 

Writing

Today in your English we would like you to think about persuasive texts.

Discussion points -

  • Can you think of any examples of persuasive writing?
  • Off the top of your head, can you think of any adverts from the tv?
  • Why do you think they have stuck in your head?
  • Which is your favourite advert?  Why?

 

Look at the three examples of persuasive text on the screen   Which is the most persuasive and why? 

Write a paragraph explaining your ideas.  Make sure that you include the most persuasive phrases from the text. 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

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