Friday – English

L.I. To design my front book cover

Can You Guess the Children’s Book Cover? Quiz – Name the famous children’s book from a close-up of its cover!

The quiz is an exampe of how important front covers are to a book! It can leave a lasting impression on one’s mind for decades.

Now, you will design the front cover for your short narrative. USe your draft from yesterday and also think about your colour scheme!

Christmas in Spain!

L.I. To research about how Christmas is celebrated in Spain

What are some of the tradiitons and customs in your culture? Do you know of any Christmas traditions or customs in Spain (or other Spanish-speaking countries)?

Christmas in Spain | Spanish Christmas Traditions

There are many traditions and customs in Spain that is completed around Christmas and New Years. Below you will find a list of topics to research about Christmas/New Years in Spain. When you are done researching, tell us in the comment box which tradition or custom you enjoyed learning about the most and why? Also have a think about how these traditions and customs are linked to the ones in your culture.

La nochebuena

El día de navidad

Un portal de Belén

El dia de los Santos incocentes

La noche vieja

El Día de los Reyes

The Caganer

Wednesday – English

LI: To draft my front book cover

Can you guess the title of these books? The answers are the end of the blog post (don’t cheat).

After you have guessed and looked at the front covers, have a think about these questions:

Which ones catch their attention the most? Why is this? Which ones capture their attention the least? What is the purpose of a book cover? The cover represent the story and is suallu used to persuade readers to buy the book (the blurb also helps with this, too). Today you will draft the front cover for your short narrative.

Introduction to activity: You need to think about what information to include on the front cover of your book. Questions to consider are:

What is the book about? ~ Who is it aimed at? ~ What do you think are the main selling points?

What do we include in a front cover?

Illustration: This is the most important feature because it catches the eye and attracts the buyers. How big will it be? What will it show? What style will it be? Bright? Cartoony? Serious? A photo?

Title and author’s name: Where will it be on the page? Top, middle or bottom? What style of lettering best suits your book?

Publishing company: name and logo. Where will this be placed?

Main activity: Plan the front cover for your book. Look at the examples below.

Extenion: Check your draft against the checklist of questions

Tuesday – English

L.I. To compose a blurb

Introduction to lesson: Today, you will write the blurb for your short narrative. You should ensure that your work has all the aspects of a blurb discussed yesterday. You should also edit and proof-read it to make sure it is engaging and has no errors.

Remember yeseterday’s lesson. What is needed in a blurb?

1. Short in length and attention-grabbing!

2. Use extreme action verbs and adjectives

3. Use ellipsis (…) to create the “What happens next?” moment!

4. Use exclamation marks and question marks.

5. Put a recommendation

Look at the below blurbs. Think about the layout, font and positiong of the text. How does it engage the reader?

Also, notice the ISBN number. What is an ISBN number?

An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were 10 digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they now always consist of 13 digits. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number.

An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format.

Main activity:Children to write their blurb and check it against the checklist. This should also include grammar points.

Extension: Children to add an ISBN number.


L.I. To plan a blurb

Download the following and have a look at the blurb examples. Which ones do you like/dislike? Why?

What is a blurb?

  • The blurb is the writing on the back of a book.
  • It entices the reader to read a book by promising twists and turns but without giving away the ending!
  • It makes you desperate to know what happens next!

How do we write a blurb? .

1. Short in length and attention-grabbing!

2. Use extreme action verbs and adjectives, i.e., “sizzling” , “crackling” , “shattering” , “spine-tingling”

3.Use ellipsis (…) to create the “What happens next?” moment!

“There was a roar coming from the bushes… Jamie felt hot dino-breath on his cheek!”

 Is there something hidden in the darkness? Can you keep your reader guessing about what is there …

4.Use exclamation marks and question marks.

Another fantastic story that will keep you hooked to the very end! Each page is packed with nail-biting suspense!

5. Put a recommendation

“A must-read.”

“ A rip roaring read!” – Aysha aged 14

Main activity: Use this planning document to help you plan your blurb. You can also look at the examples above.

Extension: Check your work against the 5-point checklist above.