Diary entry, report, journalistic writing, letters, commands
Overview and Outcomes:
This is a three-week teaching sequence based upon The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Children will learn and revise many of the key grammar requirements of Y6 and have opportunity to apply them within an ongoing scrapbook/journal, in role as Hugo, as well as writing some journalistic entries and a some instructional writing to support Hugo to mend the toys and ultimately to fix the automaton.
Synopsis of Text:
ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.