Day 1 Teaching
Introduce Blogs. Discuss Informal Writing in Non-Fiction: A Key Features Checklist. Explore audience/context/situation/vocabulary in greater detail using a PowerPoint Model analysis and annotation using How to Train Your Dragon review.
Put children in pairs, with three reviews and a copy of the checklist. They analyse and annotate the reviews. As a class, discuss what they have found and use the Scenarios and Situations resource to identify contexts for informal writing.
Day 2 Teaching
Revise Key Features Checklist. Use a PowerPoint to review the use of apostrophe of omission in written contractions. Look at the use of contractions in two Newsround articles (Mexican Spiders and Ice Cream for Dogs)
Individually, children practise using apostrophes for contractions using Apostrophe in Contractions exercises. As a class discuss the likely differences in use in fiction and in non-fiction. Consolidate skills using the ‘What is That?’ resource.
Day 3 Teaching
Revise Key Features Checklist. Examine examples of About Me profiles for Jennifer Gray and Julia Donaldson. Model writing an About Me profile.
Individually and in discussion with partners, children plan and draft their own ‘About Me’ profiles. As a class, look at a more formally written profile (Anthony Horowitz) and identify how this could be rewritten informally.
Day 4 Teaching
Share examples of draft writing so far and give feedback to one another. Continue modelling the writing of your ‘About Me’ profile, looking in particular about how you enhance your original ideas.
Children complete their profiles; share them and reflect on their learning.