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Year 5 Model Text Resource Pack 23: ‘How Odin Created the World’ (Narrative; History - Vikings)

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Real Writing Year 5 - Unit 23
How Odin Created the World, by Jon Mayhew
Curriculum links: The Vikings, Norse mythology; Mayan civilisation; Ancient Egyptians; R.E.

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 5 is built around an original model text by Jon Mayhew - a retelling of a Norse myth explaining how Odin created the world. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.

In this two-week unit, pupils will learn how to structure and write a creation story. They will look at the etymology of words and the use of dialogue as part of a narrative, then investigate and write their own versions of creation stories, which could link to topics on the Mayan civilisation, Ancient Egyptians or link with work in Religious Education.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lesson plans are included for Year 5 English objectives:

1. Vocabulary - To explore etymology of words (looking at words with Viking origin)
Pupils will: Practise using a dictionary to find definitions; understand the Norse origin of various words in English; use a dictionary to investigate etymology; use words with a Norse origin in a piece of writing.

2. Composition - To use dialogue to convey character and advance action
Pupils will: Revisit the use of alternative words for ‘said’; explore how adding adverbs can enhance written dialogue; explain how particular adverbs affect meaning; rewrite sentences using appropriate adverbs; write a paragraph using dialogue to convey character and advance action.

Revisited skills

  • using paragraphs to organise ideas
  • punctuating direct speech
  • using fronted adverbials

Additional year 5 curriculum teaching points

  • using commas to clarify meaning
  • sequencing events
  • performing their own compositions

Year 5 words: featured vocabulary
Tier two words: create, dwell, void, decisively, warily, banish, inhabit

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