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St Paul's C of E Primary School

Heathside Grove

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Week 11

Week 11: Writing Tasks

 

Task 1: Today we are going to plan our diary entry.  Have a look at the block plan below and fill it in with how Beowulf would have felt. Remember to use what we have been doing in grammar and ensure that you write in the first person. I have included an example to help you.

 

Event

Example

How did you feel?

Travelling to Grendel’s lair.

I felt petrified as I walked towards Grendel’s lair but knew I had to face my fears.

 

Seeing Grendel for the first time.

We crept slowly towards the lair and prepared our shields and swords for attack.

 

Slaying Grendel.

Adrenalin rushed through my body as I slayed him with my mighty spear.

 

Travelling home.

As we were on the boats home, we felt victorious and could not wait to share our happiness.

 

 

 

Task 2: Today we are going to begin to write our diary entry by writing the first section of our plan. Use my example and the success criteria to ensure you are including lots of Year 5 elements.

 

Success Criteria

Tick when done

First person

 

Simile openers

 

Ing openers

 

Ed openers

 

Inverted commas

 

 

Example:

Dear Diary,

You won’t believe the day that I have had today. My soldiers and I were given the job of slaying the magnificent beast Grendel to save the kingdom of Heorot. I must admit I was happy to be given the task, however as the boats drew closer to the shore the nerves kicked in. Like predators ready to pounce, we dismounted the boats and began to creep towards Grendel’s lair. I felt petrified as I walked towards the stinky, dark, sticky lair, but I knew that I had to face my fears.

 

Task 3: Now continue to use my example and the success criteria to write the next part of your diary entry.

 

Example: Creeping slowly towards the entrance of the cave, we prepared our swords and shields for attack. Suddenly I began to wonder whether I had made the correct decision accepting this task, but this thought only lasted for a fleeting moment before I pulled myself together and stood up tall with my shoulders back. However, I could sense the fear radiating from my fellow soldiers and knew I had to do something to boost their morale. As we stood in the entrance of the cave, we joined our hands into one clump in the middle of the circle and gave each other an encouraging nod. “We must go now boys.” I told my team. Then, we saw him.

 

Task 4: Now continue to use my example and the success criteria to write the next part of your diary entry.

 

Example: Startled by the entrance of armed soldiers, Grendel began to rear onto his scaly, green humungous back legs. Suddenly, the whole team knew we had to begin to act fast. We surrounded him, pointing our large spears upwards in some kind of menacing way. But Grendel was not scared, he knew that he had body power that we did not possess and he began to make sudden swipes with his sharp, menacing claws that seemed as big as the moon. I noticed panic radiate amongst my team so I knew that I had to do something. Whilst Grendel was swiping towards my team mates, I snuck round the back of him. Like a panther I climbed up Grendel’s back, and before he could react I plunged my sword into his eye. Grendel fell to the floor with a mighty crash. He was defeated.

 

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