This week we are beginning our classic Victorian literature unit and will be beginning a Christmas Carol as our class read. We will be looking at stories with a Victorian theme and developing our suspense further, as well as our sophisticated punctuation and dialogue with action.
A child-friendly version of 'A Christmas Carol' can be accessed by listening to BBC Radio... click on the link..
Monday: To explore a story with suspense.
In class we will be exploring this text through Talk 4 Writing. You could read the text 'The Hook' and also explore other stories with suspense. How about having a go at picking a location from the pictures below and writing a spooky setting description?
Tuesday: To identify features in a suspense text.
This term we are developing our understanding of sophistication punctuation, dialogue and action, as well as more suspense!
Have a look for the following features in the text 'The Hook':
Setting (how is an atmosphere created?)
Characterisation (why do we 'root for' this character?)
Dialogue with ADVERBIAL PHRASES
Suspense: hints, short sentences, senses, similes or metaphors or personification, suspense openers.
Extension: Why not create a word bank? Can you spot any sophisticated punctuation? Why has it been used? What is the effect?
Wednesday: To develop my dialogue.
Remind yourself of the speech rules!
Choose one of the settings from the pictures from Monday (or your own). Come up with a dialogue between 2 characters and try to integrate ACTION.
This is not within a spooky setting but here is an example of integrating dialogue with action...
If you feel ready, as an extension, begin to use dashes for INTERRUPTION or HESITATION:
Thursday: To plan my own suspense story.
How will you develop suspense? How will you make sure you include some Victorian historical elements?