It's back to fractions for this week. Remember to start with the Flashback 4 as this will help you to remember your previous learning.
Generation Lockdown is an exciting writing competition that’s just been launched for ages 7-17. Take a look at the website here to find out all the details: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/.
You have until midnight on Friday 17th July 2020 to write about life in lockdown during the coronavirus crisis, and submit your work to be judged by a published author. You can write about a personal experience, craft a poem or a creative story – the choice is yours!
You don’t have to enter the competition but, if you do, your entry must not go over 700 words. To give yourself a rough idea of how much writing you should be aiming for in your competition entry piece, try writing 100 words first. Allow yourself to ramble about your initial thoughts and feelings during lockdown. Don’t worry at this point if some of what you scribble is nonsense or not in full sentences; this exercise will get you thinking and warm up your ideas. Look at how much space you have taken up on the page and think about what x7 more might look like. If you’d prefer to word-process your work straight away instead of writing it by hand, do: you can then use an electronic word count function to do the counting for you. (Save your work regularly!)
In order to submit your entry, you will need to copy and paste your writing into the online form so it will need to be typed out even if your drafts are handwritten. You don’t have to do this all by yourself though – as long as the writing itself is your own work, you might prefer to persuade a fast typist in your family to copy it out for you (offer to do some housework or make them a cuppa, or something)!
Today's Task - Grow your idea(s)
The competition is quite broad and so you will need to start with a clear idea of what you will write about. Today we are going to think about an aspect of Lockdown that interests you and tomorrow we will think about how to write it (the text type).
1. What to write about
Professor Joe Moran offers some great suggestions on how to get inspired by taking the time to simply notice what’s around you: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/2020/05/10/inspiration-comes-from-opening-your-eyes/.
Sophie Minchell also has tips on finding ideas for your writing: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/2020/05/06/sophie-minchell/
You might also like to think about:
• What is the same as and what is different from before: daily routines; what you eat; when and where and how you play; what you dream of…?
• The effect the changing light throughout the day has on something, or the varying noise levels, or busyness in a room
• What do you like and dislike about lockdown?
• Your inside thoughts and feelings versus your outside actions (what others see of you)
• What experiences are you having that everyone shares and what ones are unique to you and your family?
…points of view. Can you come at something from a different angle?
• Follow one thing throughout a day in lockdown – your dog, a drinks mug, the sofa, your front door/letterbox…
• Could you write about two different people’s opinions on something or imagine how they might see an object or action differently from different positions – out at work while you’re homebound? areas of the same house, or places in the same room? over a face mask and once it’s been taken off?
• Describe lockdown as though it’s something that’s happened in the recent past; a few years ago; many, many years long, long ago? Or as though it’s yet to happen and you’re looking into the future?
• Imagine somebody else’s experience of lockdown – a homeless woman, an elderly man living alone, your younger/older brother or sister, the family cat, birds in the garden or public parks; what difference would it make to a caged hamster who is still behind bars, same as always?
Carrie's War Chapter 5
Mrs Gotobed is wearing a ballgown when Carrie meets her for the first time and she tells Carrie she owns one dress for each year of her marriage. Listen again to this section, particularly the way in which her appearance is described. Write a description for one of Mrs Gotobed’s other ballgowns. Include details such as colour, fabric and decorations.
Use the attached resource Sheet above to plan the ballgown. Sketch it first and then explore how to describe it using expanded noun phrases. Try to be as adventurous as you can with words related to colour - eg ‘cornflower blue’, ‘emerald’, ‘cerise’. You will find it helpful to use a thesaurus to help you.
Like last term with your helper , choose ten knew statutory words to learn this week and choose one activity from the table to help you learn them today.