Writing Tasks With An Animal Theme: Pack 1 (7-11 years)


These resources practice different purposes of writing, using animal themes.

First, the child is asked to describe a chosen pet: his appearance, character and behaviour. They read an example, to show them how to structure their work and then write their own simple description.

For the second task, the child is then shown a more detailed description of a cat’s antics, in three paragraphs. The child reads the example and then writes about his or her chosen pet in more detail. Each paragraph will be about a different activity, their pet enjoys.

The third task builds vocabulary. The child is given lists of helpful adjectives and verbs to read and then add to.

The fourth task asks the child to complete a fact file, compiling information on their chosen pet.

In the fifth task, the child reads an example of a leaflet which uses persuasive words and phrases to describe a rescue pet. The child then completes the skeleton sentences to write their own persuasive article.

In the final task, the child is asked to read an example, which shows how words and phrases can be used to play on people’s emotions. They are then asked to write their own persuasive article, using persuasive words and phrases, to persuade people to help an animal charity.

This theme could be developed over several lessons. It would be excellent for homework handouts.

This resource is featured in the book ‘We Love Animals: Get Going With Creative Writing’ series.

This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers.

Written in a lively magazine style format, each pack provides a step by step guide to teach children how to plan and write an animal themed story.
The packs also provide starting points to write e-mails, letters, play scripts, diaries, reports and other non fiction texts.

The child will learn writing techniques; simple, compound and complex sentences, connectives and spelling, punctuation and grammar tips. There is an emphasis on improving vocabulary – looking at lots of better word choices: harder adjectives, more powerful verbs and adverbs.

This series is recommended for use with children between the ages of 7-11 and provides writing practice for those children preparing to take examinations. The packs will also benefit children with special needs, or where English is a second language.

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