Real Writing Year 6, Unit 23
Mayan Fact File, by Anita Loughrey
Curriculum links: History, (Maya civilisation)
Writing Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by Anita Loughrey - a report about aspects of the Maya civilisation. 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 read a non-chronological report about the Maya, finding out about their cities, religion and other interesting facts about this ancient civilisation. They will investigate homophones and expanded noun phrases, eventually writing their own, non-chronological report about Mexico.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lesson plans are included for the following Year 6 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:
1. Vocabulary: To distinguish between homophones and other words that are often confused
Pupils will: revisit homophones; understand what is meant by homonym; look up meanings of homophones and homonyms; write jokes and puns using homophones and homonyms.
2. Grammar: To use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
Pupils will: revisit nouns, adjectives, determiners and prepositions and give examples; understand how to create noun phrases with determiners, adjectives and prepositions; consider more precise vocabulary for improved noun phrases; write a paragraph using expanded noun phrases.
Additional skills to teach or revisit:
using parenthesisrelative clausescommas for listsusing noun phrases
Additional Year 6 curriculum teaching points
- using parenthesis
- relative clauses
- commas for lists
- using noun phrases
Year 6 vocabulary
Tier two words: agriculture, catastrophe, hierarchy, mural, noble, pandemic, plaza, society, terrace
Tier three words: archaeologist, civilisation, hieroglyphs, observatory, parchment, sacrifice
Year 5 / 6 statutory spelling words: ancient. environment, equipment, government, sacrifice
What are homophones?
Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings.
Examples of homophones or words that are often confused from English Appendix 1: years 5/6
- descent/ dissent