Task 1 - Making a prediction
Our new book is called 'The Promise'.
Look at the pictures below. As you do, think about the questions...
- Who do you think is the story about? Why?
- What do you predict will happen? Why?
- What can we learn from the front cover, blurb and first page?
What do you think will happen and what evidence can you see to back up your ideas?
Use PEE and modal verbs from the word bank below to write a detailed prediction paragraph.
Task 2 - Using evidence to describe the setting.
Look at the picture of the street below. Imagine you are the main character. What things can you see? What adjectives can you think of to describe those things? What evidence is there to show what the setting is like?
Write as many expanded noun phrases that you can think of to describe this picture.
E.g ' The dusty road' or 'The soaring skyscraper'
Now you have thought of your own expanded noun phrases, it is time to write them into a paragraph for each of the four senses.
Bonus points for including prepositions!
Use the subheadings below to organise your writing...
"The lonely girl could see....
"The squawking birds sang loudly......."
Task 3 - Comprehension questions
Watch the video below to listen to the story of 'The Promise'.
Think about the following questions in your head...
- What do you like about the story?
- What the story is about?
- Who is the main character? How do we know?
Now, can you answer these questions in full sentences using evidence from the story? You can play the video as many times as you like to find your answer!
- How does the text show that the people are really miserable?
- Why has the author used short sentences?
- What does the author compare the people to?
- Why does the girl steal?
- What has the author compared the girl’s heart to?
- How do you know the old lady was an easy victim?
- Which adjectives tell you that the bag was bursting?
- What does “held on with the strength of heroes” mean?
- How do you know the woman wanted the girl to have the bag?
- What did you think was in the bag and why?
Task 4 - Using fronted adverbials
We use fronted adverbials to make sure our writing and ideas are organised and so the reader can follow it clearly.
Take a look at the word bank below to recap some examples...
Using the fronted adverbial word bank and pictures below, can you summarise each section of the story?
In a dusty city, .............
To the old woman's surprise, ..........
DON'T FORGET THE COMMA!
Task 5 - Character Viewpoints
Complete the starter below...
When writing a story, we can use different points of view. We can become a narrator, someone in the background watching or even the main character.
Take a look at the two pictures below. One picture is the girl's point of view, the other is the bird's. Can you decided which one is which?
Now read the paragraphs below. Can you decide who is talking in each one? How do you know this?
Complete the questions using evidence.
I could see a kind-hearted girl down below on the dirty, unpleasant floor. She had long, wiry brown hair and looked rather miserable.
I trudged down the street, pushing my way through the crowd who were all making their way to work. I looked up into the bleak, grey sky and saw a beautiful blackbird perched upon a window ledge.
- Are the paragraphs written in third or first person? How do you know?
- Who do you think is talking in each paragraph? How do you know? Can you include evidence?