Making great literacy lessons easy. Why join Plazoom?

Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 18: ‘Cowboy Story’ (Narrative; Geography - North America)

image of Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 18: ‘Cowboy Story’ (Narrative; Geography - North America)
Download your resource
This resource is part of our writing curriculum
Real Writing
  • Covers every objective for years 1-6
  • Over 150 high-quality model texts
  • A whole year's worth of lessons

Real Writing Year 4 - Unit 18
Model text: Cowboy Story, by Margaret Bateson-Hill
Curriculum links: Geography (North America - knowledge of places)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 4 is built around an original model text by Margaret Bateson-Hill; a descriptive story describing a cowboy’s journey across the plains of America. 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 explore homophones and how their meanings and spellings differ. They will also investigate Standard English forms for verb inflections, understanding how written and spoken language can differ. In their final writing task, pupils will write their own story, based on the model text, of a cowboys journey across America. This unit could be used within a geography topic about North America.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following LKS2 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. Vocabulary:To spell words that are homophones

Pupils will: match homophones to their meanings; choose the correct homophones to complete a given sentence; write definitions for homophones, using a dictionary to help them

2. Grammar: To recognise the differences between Standard English and non-Standard English

Pupils will: identify whether sentences are written using Standard or non-Standard English; correct sentences so that they use Standard English; write direct speech, using Standard English and punctuating speech correctly

Revisited skills

  • Apostrophes for contracted words and singular possession
  • Using a consistent tense when writing

Additional year 4 curriculum teaching points

  • Punctuating speech
  • Creating expanded noun phrases by modifying nouns
  • Nouns and pronouns to avoid repetition
  • Describing characters and settings

Year 4 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: probably, weight
Tier 2 words: companion, descended, excess, lowing
Tier 3 words: brand, chaps, chuck wagon, coyote, driving, herd, lasso, mountain, plain, rain slicker, ranch, reins, settlers, vaquero, wrangler

More from this collection

Browse by Year Group

Year
1

Year
2

Year
3

Year
4

Year
5

Year
6