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Year 5 Model Text Resource Pack 10: ‘Coventry Devastated by Bombing Blitz’ (Recount; History - World War II)

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Real Writing Year 5 - Unit 10

Model text: Coventry Devastated by Bombing Blitz, by Jon Mayhew
Curriculum links: History (WWII)

Writing unit overview

This writing unit for Year 5 is built around an original model text by Jon Mayhew; an engaging recount in the form of a newspaper about the bombing of Coventry in World War II. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.

Over the course of two to three weeks, pupils will explore the features of a newspaper report, a type of recount, identifying the headlines and lead paragraph. They will also learn how parenthesis is punctuated using brackets, dashes or commas and explore the use of direct and reported speech.

Key curriculum skills

Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following Year 5 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. To use brackets, dashes and commas to indicate parenthesis

Pupils will: identify parenthesis; add suitable parenthesis into given sentences; write sentences that include parenthesis with appropriate punctuation; write a short recount of their day, using parenthesis where appropriate.

2. To select appropriate grammar and vocabulary by using direct and reported speech

Pupils will: use the card sort activity to identify examples of direct and reported speech; underline direct speech and rewrite these as reported speech; write quotes as both direct and reported speech; and write a short newspaper recount using the headline given that includes direct and reported speech.

Additional skills to teach or revisit

Additional Year 5 objectives:

  • modal verbs
  • using adverbials of time to link paragraphs and create cohesion

Year 5 Vocabulary

Tier 2 words: raid, devastate, barrage, devastation, dense, survey, condolence, urgency
Tier 3 words: blitz, incendiary, defuse

What is direct speech?

Direct speech writes exactly what a person says, punctuated using inverted commas and other speech punctuation.
For example:
‘Everyone must follow the rules,’ explained Roger.

What is reported speech?

Reported speech states what someone said without necessarily reporting their actual words.
For example:
Roger explained that the rules must be followed by everyone.

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