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Writing - Unit Four: Novel as Theme

Story Writing

Genre: Adventure/Survival Story -

Kensuke’s Kingdom

In this unit we will be learning about adventure fiction - what makes a great adventure story.

The focus of our learning will be Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo - a young boy on a family adventure of a lifetime is washed overboard during the night.  We will be learning about characterisation (specifically how a character can develop), plot, techniques used by authors to create specific effects, and developing and enriching vocabulary.

Our writing focus will be fiction with a specific focus on writing style techniques: use of relative clauses, complex sentences, sentence openers, short sentences for effect, use of dialogue (direct and reported speech).

Children will be learning creatively using drama techniques, annotation of text and the use of images/imagery.

Development and enrichment of vocabulary will be a key objective of this unit of learning - using a challenging text to access quality language in order to develop understanding of a wider range of vocabulary to enhance independent writing.

The unit outcome will be an adventure story.

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