By the end of this sequence children will have written an adventure story that has: a problem and resolution; paragraphs and/or chapters with adverbials to signal time,
sequence or place; description of typical setting and characters; written dialogue that moves the plot on (marking and feedback against agreed success criteria, self-assessment).
Overview and Outcomes:
The children will receive recording from an American professor, leaving a message for the children (video or audio) explaining that the class will be receiving a
prototype of a new invention through the post. He will tell them that his inventions are under threat from a saboteur. He has been receiving threats, because they are so valuable developed in his laboratory under top-secret conditions. Just before one lunchtime, a large, sealed box will arrive, posted from America. The teacher explains that you have been waiting for this to arrive and it is a prototype of a new invention from a famous American professor. After lunch, the class will come back to find the box opened and empty. Teacher explores possibilities with children, e.g. why would someone take an invention, where could it have gone etc. The teacher shows them a ‘Wanted’ poster that she found this morning which includes a description of Dean D. Dean and information to contact “The Templeton Twins” with any information. By exploring the text in depth the children become familiar with the role the ‘narrator’ and write a short piece at the end of the week 2, extending the book and imitating the voice of the narrator who then invites them to be their own narrator.
After this, the children go on to look at twins and they invent their own twin. After planning and inventing they go on to write own twin story, based on ideas from the TTs and the story structure. Longer writing outcome: Look at features of adventure/mystery stories, e.g. introduction, build up suspense, problem, resolution, and conclusion ensuring they using conjunctions that express time to move a story on.
Synopsis of Text:
This debut novel has a fast-paced plot, clever heroes, evil (albeit buffoonish) villains, a sly sense of humour and is filled with puns, word games, puzzles and even a recipe for meatloaf. Illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Jeremy Holmes give the book even more kid appeal and makes the book a visual stand-out.