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Lots Of Writing Tasks With A Pirate Theme ‘The Skull And Cross Bone’ (7-11 years)


Lots And Lots Of Writing Tasks With A Pirate Theme ‘The Skull And Cross Bone’ (Likes And Dislikes Writing Prompts) 7-11 years

In this pack the child is first asked to match the popular pantomimes to their plots. Next, they should complete the sentence prompts and write about their visit to the pantomime or their favourite pantomime.

After this, the child should read the play script called ‘The Skull And Cross Bone’ and then continue the plot – writing about how the pirate crew of the Skull And Cross Bone go to Treasure Island. Next, the child is asked to plan and write their own pirate play. They should consider their characters, setting, plot (it’s action, suspense and tension) and think about how to keep their audience interested. After this, the child should write a pirate adventure story, about being shipwrecked on a desert island. There are lots of prompts to help the child write.

This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. Presented in a lively ‘magazine style’ format, these packs feature stories and non fiction texts to read. They include follow up activities that will inspire even the most reluctant writer, to write stories, letters, play scripts, diaries, poems, persuasive leaflets and more. More than this, the child will learn writing techniques including: simple, compound and complex sentences – connectives, grammar tips – harder vocabulary and punctuation.

Aimed at 7-11 year olds, these work packs provide excellent writing practice for those children preparing to take 11+ exams or S.A.T.s. They will also benefit children with special needs, or where English is a second language.

31 pages

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