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!

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.

Friday – English

Today, you should perform your narrative to somone at home (or over video chat/phone). Think about back to Michael Rosen’s top tips for performing poems and stories.

What can you remember?

  • Roleplay characters and personalities
  • Speed and pace
  • Adding sound (i.e., Vroooooom)
  • Expressions and movement
  • Be enthusiastic

(Michael Rosen’s tips)

Enjoy the performance and have fun with it!

Wednesday – English

L.I. To finalise my story

Today, you will finalise your narrative on lined paper to entertain fans of fiction stories.

You should be careful what you are re-writing, i.e., do not skip words, take care if you add or remove any words or phrases (we should limit this) and make sure you are writing in your neatest handwriting so the reader can enjoy your piece.

Main activity: Write your final narrative on lined paper.

Extension: check your story against your plan. Does it resemble your plan? If so, how did the plan help in developing your story. If it did not, why do you think this happened?