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Year 6 Model Text Resource Pack 24: ‘Daydreaming’ (Poetry; History - Ancient Greeks)

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Real Writing Year 6 - Unit 24
Model text: Daydreaming, by Joshua Seigal
Curriculum Links: History (Ancient Greeks)

Unit Overview
This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by Joshua Seigal; a rich poem in which a child dreams of being different Greek gods. 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 wishing poem describing attributes of some of the Greek gods. Pupils will explore the structure of the poem and its use of the subjunctive form, before going on to write their own poem to describe a Greek god. This unit could be used within a topic on the Ancient Greeks.

Key Curriculum Skills

1.Vocabulary: To know how words are related by meaning as synonyms

Pupils will: match pairs of synonyms on cards and discuss their different meanings; use synonyms to write words and phrases about Greek gods and their powers; write a short poem describing their chosen god, being precise with vocabulary.

2. Grammar: To use the subjunctive form to show wishes and desires

Pupils will: Sort cards that contain the subjunctive form and discuss why; rewrite the cards not shown in the subjunctive form; write a poem titled ‘I Wish’ using the subjunctive form.

Revisited skills

  • using modal verbs
  • using subordinating conjunctions
  • using contracted words

Year 6 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: lightning
Tier 2 words: command, lair, revel, succulent, orchestrate, skewer

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