This week in Writing, we are going to be thinking more about the 'Lighthouse' short film. We are going to be focussing particularly on the character of the lighthouse keeper and his feelings and emotions throughout the film. Later in the week, you will be using these to write a diary entry for the lighthouse keeper about the night that the light broke in his lighthouse.


Today, we are going to be thinking about different emotions.


TASK: If you can, use the different emotions on the first page of the lesson resource (you can cut them up or copy them onto small bits of paper) and act out that emotion to someone in your house - can they tell which emotion it is that you are acting out? Can you tell which one they are acting?


Then, read through the 'Show, don't Tell' piece of writing on page 2 of the resources. Again, some of you might want to do this with an adult. In the text, the writer does not tell us how the lighthouse keeper is feeling, instead they try to show us by giving us lots of clues in what they write. For example, we can tell that he felt terrified when it says that he "felt sick to the pit of his stomach". Read through a couple of times - how many different examples can you find of the writer showing, not telling, us how the lighthouse keeper is feeling?


Watch Ms Brown's video for her to recap the features of a diary entry with you. We wrote one earlier in the year and you looked at Samuel Pepys' diary in Year 2 so you should be experts!


TASK: Once you have watched the video, choose one of the diary entries from the Rainforest Diary Entries. There are three levels of challenge from hard to hardest. What animal do you think has written the diary? Read through your chosen diary entry and use the Diary Writing Checklist to find examples of the different features.


Today, you are going to be writing a diary entry for the lighthouse keeper in the 'Lighthouse' film to describe what happened the night that the light stopped working in the lighthouse.


TASK: Start by re-watching the whole of the film (link below). Think about your work on emotions from Monday and the lighthouse keeper's thoughts and feelings throughout the film. Think carefully about how they change because of what happens to him and what he learns when the villagers come to help him.


Recap the features of a diary that we looked at yesterday. How many can you include in your writing? Can you include them all?


Don't forget to also try to use the writing skills that we have been practising over the past term, including using a variety of sentence openers, fronted adverbials and rich descriptive vocabulary!


Today, you are going to self-assess your lighthouse keeper's diary entry. We are going to do it exactly the same way that we do in class, with a checklist and different coloured pencils!


TASK: Using the Diary Writing Checklist, choose a different coloured pencil for each feature. When you find examples of a feature in your writing, underline it in that colour and then tick it off (with your coloured pencil) from the checklist. Then choose a new colour and look for the next feature! Did you manage to include everything on the checklist?


If you haven't already, share your diary entry with someone in your house. Maybe you can read it aloud to them! 

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