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Monday (Grammar Video)

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Watch the Grammar video about Direct and Indirect speech. Then, complete the activity sheet below (mark your work using the answer sheet at the back!).

Direct and Indirect Speech (Grammar)

Watch my video for this week's Grammar lesson which focuses on two types of speech - direct and indirect. Then, move onto the worksheet and use your knowledge to answer the questions. Once you have finished the questions, mark your work with the answer sheet at the back.

Tuesday - Identify features of a Newspaper report

Today you will be focusing on identifying the features of a newspaper report. You might want to rewatch the video of the text being read. Use the PowerPoint below to help you with identfying the features of a newspaper report. Once you have done this, you need to find the following features of a newspaper report within the newspaper report text (same as our Reading VIPERS text - WAGOLL). Just like we do in class, label the features with different coloured pencils and find them within the text. Make sure you are happy with what they all mean. If there are any you are not sure of, make sure you double check what they are using the internet!

 

Features of a newspaper report:

  • Name of newspaper
  • Headline
  • Reporter's name
  • Date
  • Picture(s) with captions
  • Introduction including some of the 5 W's (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
  • Use of paragraphs
  • Direct or indirect speech
  • Mainly written in past tense

 

CHALLENGE: There are some extra features of a newspaper report included in the 'Newspaper report features' below. See if you can find them and label them on your text if you would like a challenge!

Wednesday - Planning your Newspaper report

Today you will be planning your newspaper report about Shackleton's journey to Antarctica on his Endurance ship. You should have found lots of useful information from Monday's Theme lesson, so use this information to help you plan your ideas. There is a planning sheet below for you to get your ideas down onto and to use for your writing. I would suggest using this plan as it is a good way to make sure you include all of the different features. If you would prefer to do your own plan on a separate piece of paper, that is fine - make sure you include the different features you found yesterday!

There is also a support video below, if you are struggling with ideas for your writing. You may want to use some ideas from the 'Shackleton Newspaper report' below. There is also a word mat above to help you with your ideas!

Wednesday/Thursday - Support Video for Writing/Planning Newspaper Report

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If you're struggling on how to write your newspaper report, watch this video below which goes through an example of a Shackleton newspaper report. You may want to use ideas from this newspaper report in your own writing - make sure you add lots of details into it and put it into your own words!

Thursday - Writing your Newspaper report

Today you will be writing your newspaper report. Use the 'Newspaper report template' below, or you might want to type it up onto Microsoft Word. Think about breaking it up into manageable sections.

Start with the name of your newspaper - this should go right at the top of your work. Then, write the date that your newspaper report was published (the Endurance expedition was between 1914-1916 so it would be good to make a date up between this time period!).

 

Then, think about your headline - it should be short and snappy (e.g. 'SHACKLETON SETS SAIL' or 'SHACKLETON'S SUPER SEA ADVENTURE'). Include some drawings (or if you are using Word - insert some photos from Google images) make sure you have short captions to label the images.

 

Then move onto your introduction (5 W's). What has happened? Who has it happened to? Where did it happen? Why did it happen? When did it happen? 

 

Then move onto writing the rest of your paragraphs. Remember to include direct or indirect speech (make it up if you couldn't find any quotes from Shackleton or his men online!). If you are stuck for ideas, rewatch the support video above.

Friday - Editing your Newspaper Report

Today is time to finish off your newspaper report and edit your work. You need to make sure you have checked your spellings, punctuation and grammar within your writing, just as we do in class. Use your purple-pen (or a pencil), go through your work and see where you might need to make any corrections.

 

Check for the following features:

  • Name of newspaper
  • Headline
  • Reporter's name
  • Date
  • Picture(s) with captions
  • Introduction including 5 W's (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
  • Use of paragraphs
  • Direct or indirect speech (from Shackleton or his men)
  • Mainly written in past tense

 

If you haven't managed to include any of these features, go back and edit your writing laugh

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