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Shackleton's Journey Letter Writing

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Key Stage 2App. 2 – vocabulary, grammar and punctuationWriting – compositionWriting – vocabulary, grammar and punctuationEnglishYear 6
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Are your children ready for adventure? Are they prepared to journey through hazardous conditions and to face constant danger? Are they driven by honour and duty? Great, then this Shackleton's Journey KS2 Planning Pack based on the breath-takingly beautiful book by William Grill is for you! Please be aware that, for copyright purposes, we are unable to provide the full text for this scheme of work.

 
#TheCompleteSeries6lessons

In this series of six lessons, children will read the introduction to Shackleton's Journey and imagine themselves as pioneering crew members of the Endurance, bound for their historic mission to Antarctica. To begin the unit, children will use high-quality model texts to identify the key features of effective letter writing and carry out their own research into given crew members. They will become fully immersed in their character as they imagine themselves in a series of challenging scenarios in the uncharted seascape and landscape of Antarctica. Through games, oral rehearsal, sentence exploration and well-structured, differentiated resources, children will become confident with using the subjunctive form and creating cohesion within and across paragraphs. In the final part of the unit, your Year 6 class will plan, draft and edit an effective letter of application to join Shackleton's crew.

Looking for cool, polar-themed resources? You might be interested in our free polar writing frames - perfect for your children to write their own stories full of adventure and adversity, design ships for the most challenging Antarctic expeditions and much more.

 
#Lesson1Keyfeaturesofformalletters

This first lesson, inspired by 'Shackleton's Journey', encourages children to reflect on the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration and the world of 1914 before asking them to consider whether they have what it takes to be a polar explorer and how they might apply for a position onboard Shackleton's Endurance.

Your Year 6 class will look in detail at the key features of an effective letter of application and formal language choices. They will analyse a good quality application letter from expedition artist, George Marston, and identify the key features within the text. By the end of the lesson, your Year 6 class will have a solid understanding of the key features of effective letter writing which they can use as an anchor when they come to write their own letter of application.

This letter-writing Year 6 Lesson Pack is ready to teach, with a detailed lesson plan, engaging slides for input and differentiated activities.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson2Researchingandnotetaking

Children are invited to dive right into the unit by choosing and researching the trail-blazing crew member they would like to write as.

After exploring the roles needed to successfully undertake such an ambitious, historic mission, children will use the Biography Cards provided to research a given crew member (e.g. Frank Worsley, Captain). Your class will select key information about the qualities and experience that make them the perfect fit for this Antarctic expedition and record summary notes which outline ideas for their application letter.

Everything you need to teach this absorbing lesson is included in the pack including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and all the printable resources you need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Biography cards
  • Differentiated note sheets
#Lesson3Thesubjunctiveform

In this highly-interactive session, children will get to grips with the different variants of the subjunctive form - from describing imaginary or hypothetical situations to expressing urgent and compulsory requests.

Children will imagine themselves in different roles and hypothetical situations and decide what they would do in each scenario. Trouble at sea? Engine failure? No problem! If I were your crew member, you could rely on me. After plenty of oral rehearsal, children will experiment with using the subjunctive form, creating a variety of sentences to suit their proposed hypotheticals. Alternatively, you might like to invite children to play the entertaining yet unpredictable game, Kaboom! Who knew learning the finer points of grammar could be this much fun?

This Year 6 Lesson Pack contains everything you need to identify and use the subjunctive form including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and printable, differentiated worksheets.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Kaboom! cards
#Lesson4Buildingcohesion

In this lesson, children will learn about the importance of cohesive devices when writing a clearly structured and engaging letter.

Here, children will focus on paragraphing, adverbials and conjunctions to link ideas, pronouns, synonyms and punctuation. They will use their understanding of these devices to recreate letters from two keen expedition applicants which have been scrambled together.

Everything you need to teach this exciting lesson is included in the pack including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow and all the printable resources you need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated scrambled sentences and letter templates
#Lesson5Planninganapplicationletter

It's time to bring all of the content that the children have been working on together in one fantastic plan! In this lesson, children will discuss the purpose, structure and content of effective paragraphs to give them all the skills they need to create a compelling plan for their letter of application. Shackleton will be left in no doubt that these applicants are the men for the job!

The slideshow will walk your children through the process of constructing clear, well-structured paragraphs organised around relevant themes and there are plenty of modelled paragraphs which offer children the opportunity to develop ideas for their own letter. Using their very own Paragraph Planner, children will create opening topic sentences before adding supporting details and explanatory ideas which link to a key theme.

This letter-writing Year 6 Lesson Pack is ready to teach, with a detailed lesson plan, engaging slides for input and differentiated activities, all at the click of a button.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated planners
  • Word bank
  • Biography Cards
#Lesson6Writingandeditinganapplicationletter

Your Year 6 class are now ready to make their application! In this final lesson, children will put into practice everything they have learnt about effective letter writing.

After recapping the layout and structure of formal letters, children will use their plan to write in role as a potential crew member aboard the Endurance. At the end of the lesson, children will review each other's letters to decide who are the most suitable candidates to join the expedition team.

This letter-writing Year 6 Lesson Pack contains everything you need to produce an effective letter of application including: a detailed lesson plan, engaging slideshow, as well as printable, differentiated writing frames and checklists.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated writing frames and checklists
  • Word bank
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Curriculum Objectives covered

Reading - Comprehension Objectives:

    • continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
    • reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
    • increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions
    • checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context

Writing - Transcription Spelling Objectives:

      • use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
      • use the first three or four letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary
      • use a thesaurus

Writing - Composition Objectives:

      • identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
      • noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
      • selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning
      • using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
      • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing
      • using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
      • ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing
      • ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural, distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register
      • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors

Writing - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Objectives:

      • recognising vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing, including subjunctive forms
      • using expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
      • using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses
      • using expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
      • using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses
      • using a colon to introduce a list
      • The difference between structures typical of informal speech and structures appropriate for formal speech and writing [for example, the use of question tags: He’s your friend, isn’t he?, or the use of subjunctive forms such as If I were or Were they to come in some very formal writing and speech]

Spoken Language Objectives:

      • The difference between vocabulary typical of informal speech and vocabulary appropriate for formal speech and writing [for example, find out – discover; ask for – request; go in – enter]
      • How words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms [for example, big, large, little].
      • The difference between structures typical of informal speech and structures appropriate for formal speech and writing [for example, the use of question tags: He’s your friend, isn’t he?, or the use of subjunctive forms such as If I were or Were they to come in some very formal writing and speech]
      • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
      • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
      • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
      • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
      • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
      • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

English Appendix Objectives:

    • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
    • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates
    • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
    • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
    • select and use appropriate registers for effective communication

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susan tredwell
Shackleton’ Journey Letter Writing

I love all your units- the content, resources and slides. Will be looking forward to this new unit in October.

Thank you for your kind words, Susan! We hope that you and your class enjoy these resources :-)