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Year 3 Model Text Resource Pack 4: ‘Why Should I Visit Skara Brae?’ (Persuasive; History - Stone Age to Iron Age)

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Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 4
Model text: Why should I visit Skara Brae? by Jo Franklin
Curriculum Links: History (Stone Age to Iron Age)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Jo Franklin; a persuasive report, setting out reasons for visiting the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae. 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 have an opportunity to learn technical vocabulary related to sites of historical interest. It will culminate in them writing their own persuasive text, possibly a promotional leaflet or magazine article, encouraging people to visit Skara Brae or maybe some similar historical location familiar to the pupils. This unit could be used as part of a topic on the theme of changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Key curriculum skills

1. Vocabulary: Identifying word families based on common words
Pupils will: Sort word cards into word families; suggest definitions for unfamiliar noun phrases and put them into sentences; create their own noun phrases from word families and construct word families for tier 2 and 3 vocabulary explored during the lesson.

2. Composition: organising paragraphs around a theme
Pupils will: Read historical fact cards and group and order related information; use these fact cards to write a paragraph about the historical period; further research the historical period and examine how headings are used to organise information in non-fiction.

Revisited skills

  • subordination
  • the correct use of past and present tense
  • the use of commas for lists

Additional Year 3 teaching points

  • extending sentences with a wider range of conjunctions
  • the use of conjunctions, adverbials and prepositions to express time, place and cause
  • the use of pronouns to improve cohesion and the inclusion of organisational features such as headings and subheadings

Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: history, island, knowledge, possibly, perhaps, probably
Tier 2 words: lifestyle, community, destination, dwelling, indicate, unique
Tier 3 words: settlement, prehistoric, Neolithic, era, archaeology, archaeologist, inhabitant

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