Fiction

English Year 3 Autumn Stories by the Same Author

Stories by Michael Foreman

Read I'll Take You to Mrs Cole and other stories by Michael Foreman. Write a new version. Study dialogue, verbs, and conjunctions for time, place, cause.

We recommend that you start with the core unit, the heart of this English block of study. This introduces key textual material and sets the tone for any further units you wish to teach. These can be selected on the basis of the needs of your class – look at the green icons to identify the unit’s particular focus: SPAG, Composition or Comprehension. Whichever units you choose, we suggest teaching them in order, as there is a built-in progression indicated by the numbering.

‘UNIT PLAN’ gives you a text version of all parts of the unit to use in your school planning documentation. ‘DOWNLOAD ALL FILES’ gives you that unit plan plus all of the associated documents.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to Michael Foreman’s style; predicting & making inference
(suggested as 3 days)

Objectives

Spoken language
-- Listen and respond appropriately
-- Articulate/justify answers & opinions
-- Use spoken language to explore ideas
-- Participate in discussions

Word reading
-- Read aloud and understand the meaning of new words they meet
-- Read further exception words

Comprehension
-- Listen to and discuss fiction
-- Draw inferences and justify with evidence
-- Predict what might happen
-- Identify main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise these
-- Identify themes and conventions in a range of books

 


-- Identify how language, structure, and presentation contributes to meaning
-- Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s imagination
-- Participate in discussion about both books, taking turns and listening to what others say

Transcription
None for this unit

Composition
-- Compose and rehearse sentences orally
-- Organise paragraphs around a theme
-- Use organisational devices

Grammar
None for this unit

You Will Need

Texts
I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman
Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish by Michael Foreman

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Introduce Michael Foreman as an author and illustrator. Share the opening of I’ll Take you to Mrs Cole! stopping at the moment of meeting her. Speculate what Mrs Cole’s house might be like, using illustrations as inspiration.
Activity
In pairs, children reread pp. 10-11, discussing the horrible things in the imagined dungeon. Children pick out descriptive words and phrases in text. They then discuss ideas for other creatures which might lurk in the house. Children list and/or draw ideas.

Day 2 Teaching
Children recap story so far. Ask children to infer the boy’s feelings as Mrs Cole appears. Do we, as the reader, also feel a bit nervous? This is because tension has been built by the writer. Read the rest of I’ll Take you to Mrs Cole! Did children expect this ending?
Activity
In pairs, children read a text extract from I’ll Take you to Mrs Cole! and answer questions (see resources). They support each other reading unfamiliar words and answer questions verbally or recording in books.

Day 3 Teaching
Show a range of books by Michael Foreman. Look briefly at similarities in topic and style. Look in more detail at Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish, reading a few pages. Make a list of ideas about Foreman’s style on a f/c.
Activity
Children work in small groups to read and explore books by Michael Foreman. They use report sheets (see resources) to prompt discussion and record ideas about the book.
Hard: Encourage to compare two books.
Easy: Work with an adult to explore Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish.

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Using and punctuating dialogue
(suggested as 2 days)

Objectives

Spoken language
-- Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas

Word reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
None for this unit

 

Transcription
None for this unit

Composition
None for this unit

Grammar
-- Use and punctuate direct speech

You Will Need

Texts
I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman
Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish by Michael Foreman

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Dialogue

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Read a page with dialogue from I’ll Take you to Mrs Cole! The words spoken by the characters is called dialogue. Use PowerPoint: Dialogue, to teach dialogue punctuation. Discuss ideas for places Mum could threaten to take the boy. Record as punctuated dialogue.
Activity
In pairs, children role play ideas for light-hearted threats Mum might make and the boy’s replies. Children write their favourite ideas as punctuated dialogue.
Harder: Combine dialogue with action or description.
Easier: Support with ‘Dialogue Sheet’ (see resources).

Day 2 Teaching
Revise dialogue punctuation and discuss which conventions the children feel confident applying and which they would like to practise more. Read Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish to the page where the man asks the dinosaur for the earth back. Discuss how the conversation might go and record as punctuated dialogue.
Activity
Children write their own conversation between the man and the dinosaur. Think about how the man might try flattery and negotiation to get the earth back.
Easier: Support with ‘Punctuating Extended Dialogue’ sheet (see resources).

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Dialogue PowerPoint
Teach children about speech marks, end of speech punctuation and how to use and punctuate reporting clauses.

SPAG
Unit 3 SPAG: Verbs; conjunctions: extend sentences, express time, place & cause
(suggested as 3 days)

Objectives

Spoken language
None for this unit

Word reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
None for this unit

Transcription
None for this unit

 

Composition
None for this unit

Grammar
-- Use and understand the grammatical terminology in Appendix 2 (verbs)
-- Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, e.g. when, if, because, although
-- Express time, place and cause using conjunctions, e.g. when, so, before, after, while, because

You Will Need

Texts
I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Verbs
Grammar PowerPoint: Conjunctions

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Use PowerPoint: Verbs, to revise verbs, consolidating further if needed. Explore how powerful verbs are verbs which give more information and have greater impact.
Activity
In pairs, children identify and substitute verbs for impact, supported by differentiated resource sheets (see resources).

Day 2 Teaching
Assess children’s knowledge of conjunctions. Use PowerPoint: Conjunctions, to teach using conjunctions to extend sentences.
Activity
Children extend and/or join given clauses using conjunctions, supported by differentiated resource sheets (see resources).

Day 3 Teaching
Children read and sort conjunction cards (see resources) according to type (time, place, cause). They extend a silly sentence, using these conjunctions verbally.
Activity
Children use conjunctions for time, place and cause to extend given sentences (see resources). Children try swapping the order of the clauses to explore impact.

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Verbs PowerPoint
Teach children to identify active verbs and their subjects, also how to use auxiliary verbs in creating continuous verb forms.

Conjunctions PowerPoint
Explain single clause sentences, then demonstrate how conjunctions are used to add subordinate clauses, giving information about time, place and cause.

Composition
Unit 4 Composition: Extended writing: new version of a story read
(suggested as 3 days)

Objectives

Spoken Language
-- Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)

Word reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
None for this unit

Trasncription
None for this unit

Composition
-- Compose and rehearse sentences orally (including dialogue)
-- Discuss writing similar to that which they are planning to write
-- Discuss and record ideas

 


-- Compose sentences, progressively building a rich vocabulary and range of sentence structures
-- Organise paragraphs around a theme
-- Create settings, characters and plot
-- Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggest improvements
-- Propose changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency
-- Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
-- Read aloud own writing to a group, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

Grammar
-- Use and punctuate direct speech
-- Express time, place and cause using conjunctions, e.g. when, so, before, after, while, because

You Will Need

Texts
I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Look again at I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! Discuss ideas for a new version of the story, prompted by five story prompts. Revise dialogue punctuation briefly.
Activity
Children write first two paragraphs of their stories, using prompts to support. They include punctuated dialogue.

Day 2 Teaching
Review progress on story-writing so far. Note how paragraphs help to organise parts of the story. Remind and show children how to use conjunctions to extend sentences and to express time, place and cause
Activity
Children write second two paragraphs of their stories, using prompts to support. They include conjunctions to extend sentences and to express time, place and cause.

Day 3 Teaching
Discuss the importance of proofreading and demonstrate doing this, reading aloud.
Activity
Children complete stories and then read them aloud. They identify areas to improve and edit writing accordingly.