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Year 6 Model Text Resource Pack 10: ‘Stuck’ (Narrative; History - social history)

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Real Writing Year 6 - Unit 10
Model text: Stuck, by Jon Mayhew
Curriculum links: History (social history)

Writing unit overview

This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by Jon Mayhew; an engaging first-person narrative about a young chimney sweep in Victorian Britain. 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 the structure of a wishing story and how the main character wishes that he did not have to climb chimneys anymore. They will explore how characters are created through the use of character description and dialogue and will learn how to edit texts to ensure that a consistent tense is used throughout. Pupils will also investigate how the use of suffixes can change the meaning and word class of a word. The final writing task asks pupils to write their own story based on the life of a young chimney sweep. This unit could be used as part of a history topic looking at changes in social history or as part of a local history topic on Victorian Britain.

Key curriculum skills

Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following Year 6 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. Vocabulary: To use further suffixes: -ance, -ant

Pupils will: identify whether words are adjectives or nouns; change adjectives to nouns using the suffix ‘-ance’; complete dictionary entries for words ending in ‘-ant’ and ‘-ance’

2. Composition: To evaluate writing to ensure consistent tense throughout

Pupils will: edit a piece of writing to ensure it is in the correct tense; write a recount, ensuring consistent tense is used throughout and a variety of verb forms

Additional skills to teach or revisit:

  • punctuating direct speech KS2
  • using paragraphs
  • fronted adverbials
  • creating expanded noun phrases
  • using relative clauses

Additional Year 6 curriculum teaching points

  • using dialogue to convey character and advance action
  • using a wider range of cohesive devices
  • using a wider range of punctuation including semi-colons, colons and hyphens

Year 6 vocabulary

Year 5 /6 statutory spelling words: bruise, hindrance, nuisance
Tier 2 words: annoyance, flue, hearth, hesitant, labour, modesty, tolerant

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