Non-fiction

English Year 5 Autumn Blogs and Reports

Travel Writing

Explore exciting destinations through a range of travel writing. Revise pronouns, learn about relative clauses & punctuation, including uses of commas. Write own travel recount.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to travel writing
(suggested as 4 days)

You Will Need

Texts
Lonely Planet Kids - The Travel Book by Malcolm Croft

Desirable Texts
Lonely Planet – The Travel Book

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Look at the great number and variety of Travel Books that are available. Make a list together of the features that you expect to find in them.
Activity
Explore a variety of travel texts, in actual books, adapted documents or online. Make a note of vocabulary and of content and features.

Day 2 Teaching
Look at two styles of travel writing – one very concise and one more flowery. Discuss the difference between them. Introduce the use of research grids to focus research about a country.
Activity
Research a country using online resources and making notes.

Day 3 Teaching
Read four sentence persuasive summaries about India and Sri Lanka. Analyse these together. Model writing a similar sentence from researched facts.
Activity
Draft short persuasive summaries of the countries using facts from research and the style seen in the India and Sri Lanka writing.

Day 4 Teaching
Model improving a persuasive summary of a country. Discuss features of travel writing of this type.
Activity
Present summaries carefully, compiling them as a class, so that you can share them with others and hear about their persuasive effects.

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Pronouns, including relative pronouns, and relative clauses
(suggested as 4 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Watch the trailer for Long Way Round and think about the motorcycle journey made by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Use texts and sentences relating to this journey to introduce pronouns and possessive determiners.
Activity
Read a text by Charley Boorman and identify pronouns and possessive determiners. Write two versions of sentences and discuss the difference in meaning. Find out which book inspired Long Way Round.

Day 2 Teaching
Read from Jupiter’s Travel by Ted Simon, the inspiration for Long Way Round. Use text from this book to introduce relative pronouns.
Activity
Learn relative pronouns by heart and use them to complete sentences. Write sentences with relative pronouns about Ted Simon’s Triumph bike.

Day 3 Teaching
Read a description of a Great Motorcycle Journey. Find out about Colette Coleman who has made many journeys and written many books. Use text about Collete to consolidate understanding of relative clauses.
Activity
Practise using relative clauses and read route descriptions to help make a choice about a journey they would like to make.

Day 4 Teaching
Watch a speeded-up video of the Troll Road journey in Norway. Model how to write about this journey using pronouns and relative clauses.
Activity
Choose a bike and a route and imagine a motorcycle journey, writing about it using pronouns and relative clauses.

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

Pronouns and Relative Clauses PowerPoint
This presentation revises personal and possessive pronouns, then introduces relative pronouns, subordinate relative clauses, including embedded clauses.

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Reading and analysing non-fiction texts
(suggested as 4 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Read about Dervla Murphy and how she decided, aged 10, that she would cycle to India from Ireland. Read an extract from her adventures and introduce Steve Backshall as another adventurer.
Activity
Read and analyse writing by Steve Backshall and Dervla Murphy. Watch a video clip of Steve’s encounter with hippos. Think about the dreams that children have.

Day 2 Teaching
Read and discuss a complicated descriptive text by Rupert Brooke, letting it build a picture of Niagra Falls.
Activity
Read two more descriptive pieces of travel writing, one by Colin Thubron, the other by Eric Newby. Answer questions and make a picture inspired by their descriptions.

Day 3 Teaching
Listen to and shared-read an episode from Bill Bryson. Enjoy the humour together.
Activity
Read another extract from Bill Bryson and start to analyse this. Make a cartoon version of this scene. Watch trailers for other comic travel programmes. Discuss why comic travel writing is so popular.

Day 4 Teaching
Analyse a graphic-based travel book. Identify the elements and discuss their effects.
Activity
Read a text and make a draft design for accompanying graphics. Compare this with the actual graphics.

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: end of sentence and commas for clarity/avoidance of ambiguity
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Useful Text
Lonely Planet ‘The Real Wonders of the World’ by Moira Butterfield, Tim Collins and Anna Claybourne

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Punctuation

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Enjoy exploring The Real Wonders of the World, a travel-book aimed at children. Use a PowerPoint with examples from this book to revise end of sentence punctuation and to teach the use of commas for separating clauses in sentences.
Activity
Complete activities, based on text from The Real Wonders of the World, to practise using commas to separate clauses in a sentence.

Day 2 Teaching
Use the chapter headings of The Real Wonders of the World, to show the need for commas in lists.
Activity
Re-write list sentences, deciding where to place the commas so that they are really clear. Find out about the ambiguity that can be caused when commas are left out.

Day 3 Teaching
Revise learning about commas using examples from The Real Wonders of the World. Look closely at the content page headings. Activity
Choose one of the content page headings and write five sentences about this place. Include sentences that have commas to separate phrases and clauses and sentences that have commas to separate items in lists.

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

Punctuation PowerPoint
Children revise end of sentence punctuation and types of sentence. They then consider three uses of commas and make sure they understand them all.

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Planning, writing and presenting own travel writing
(suggested as 4 days)

You Will Need

Useful Texts
Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 by Steve Backshall

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Summary

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Read an invitation to make an application for a travel grant and decide the journey to make.
Activity
Research this journey, finding out facts about the destination and thinking through the challenges of this adventure.

Day 2 Teaching
Read and compare descriptions of journeys, noticing how descriptive and grammatical features work together to make the text positive and persuasive.
Activity
Draft descriptions of own imagined journeys, making the destinations and journey itself sound as appealing as possible.

Day 3 Teaching
Read an example journal written by Steve Backshall. Use Guided Imagery, to imagine own journeys.
Activity
Draft imagined journal entries, using lots of details and drawing on all the senses.

Day 4 Teaching
Revise sentence punctuation; commas and pronouns. Use these to check drafts and to mark improvements.
Activity
Re-draft writing and then present. Have feedback to find out how successful the application is likely to have been.

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

Summary PowerPoint
This PowerPoint consists of three slides which summaries the grammar and punctuation taught in Units 2 and 4 of this Block: Travel writing.