Talk for Writing

 

Talk for writing genres and book suggestions.  Year 2 to Year 14
Year 2
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
A selection of tales traditional and modern The Gingerbread Man  –   Goldilocks and the Three Bears
A selection of tales traditional and modern Mog and Meg – Helen Nichol
A selection of tales traditional and modern Jack and the Flumflum tree – Julia Donaldson
Instructions The Little Red Hen –     The Very Greedy Bee – Steve Smallman
Letters Dear Tooth fairy – Alan Durant          Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
Verbal recounts The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson   –   We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
Weeks 7+ poetry: Read, learn, enjoy and collaboratively write different forms of poetry.

 

Year 3
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Stories from different cultures Gregory Cool – Caroline BinchHanda’s Surprise – Eileen Browne
Fables (verbal)and simple written recounts (Following on from verbal introduction to recounts in Year 1) Aesop’s fablesPoles apart – Jeanne Willis
Instructions Something from Nothing – Phoebe GilmanHow to look after your dinosaur – Jason Cockcroft
Formal and explanation writing, including letters Meerkat Mail – Emily Gravett        The Jolly Postman – Allan Ahlberg
Descriptive writing Scarlette Beane – Karen Wallace         What makes you a Super Hero? – Danika Gorden
Non-chronological reports(Information texts) Tyrannosaurus Drip – Julia Donaldson        Oliver’s vegetables – Vivien French
Weeks 7+ poetry
Acrostic – Certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Calligram – Arranged in a way that creates a visual image. Narrative poems  –  A poem which tells a story.   Stick Man     The Gruffalo

 

Year 4
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Play School of Rock – Mike White – Tiddler (As a play) – Julia Donaldson
Traditional tales Jack and the Beanstalk – Rapunzel – The Elves and the Shoemaker
Adventure stories Pirates of Scurvy Sands – Jonny Duddle – Marli’s Tangled Tale – Ellie Jackson
Persuasive texts including adverts and posters George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dhal
Balanced arguments The Enormous Turnip
Diary entries Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wombat/Diary of a baby Wombat – Jackie French
Weeks 7+ poetry
Acrostic Certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Calligram Arranged in a way that creates a visual image. Narrative A poem which tells a story. Room on the Broom The Snail and the Whale

 

Year 5
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Myths and Legends The Orchard book of Greek Myths – Usborne Illustrated Stories from the Greek Myths
Stories set in imaginary worlds Beyond the Pond – Joseph Kuefler
Mystery stories The Crooked Sixpence – Jennifer BellThe Detective Dog – Julia Donaldson
Non-chronological reports(Information texts) Non-chronological reports(Information texts) RHS The Magic and Mystery of Trees – Claire McElfactrick & Jen GreenTummy Rumble Quake: An Earthquake safety book – Heather L Beal
Newspaper reports The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – Jon Scieszka
Biography and autobiography Who was Rosa Parks? – Yona Zeldis McDonoughOdd Boy Out -Young Albert Einstien – Don Brown
Weeks 7+ poetry
Free verse Does not follow regular poetry rules. Free from limitations of regular meter, rhythm, and does not have to rhyme. Limerick A humorous poem consisting of five lines.The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines should only have five to seven syllables; they too must rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. Haiku Follow a strict form: three lines, with a 5-7-5 syllable structure. That means the first line will have five syllables, the second line will have seven syllables, and the last line will have five syllables.

 

Year 6
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Stories with a historical setting In search of the Boy King – Anthony Masters(plus Literacy Shed video Tadeo Jones)
Stories from different cultures Malaika’s Costume – Nadia. L.Horn
Stories in the style of a significant author (Anthony Browne) Into the Forest – Anthony Browne
Formal and explanation writing, including letters Magic Bus – Inside the Human Body – Joanna Cole
Balanced arguments Charlotte’s Web – E.B.White
Recounts Rose blanche – Roberto InnocentiLion & the Unicorn – Shirley Hughes
Weeks 7+ poetry
Free verse Does not follow regular poetry rules. Free from limitations of regular meter, rhythm, and does not have to rhyme. Limerick A humorous poem consisting of five lines.The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines should only have five to seven syllables; they too must rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. Haiku Follow a strict form: three lines, with a 5-7-5 syllable structure. That means the first line will have five syllables, the second line will have seven syllables, and the last line will have five syllables.

 

Year 7
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Fables The Quiltmaker’s Gift – Jeff BrumbeauThe fate of Fausto – Oliver Jeffers
Stories from different cultures The Shaman’s Apprentice – Lynn CherryThe Name Jar – Yangsook Choi
Adventure stories To the Edge of the World – Julia GreenBarney Goose: A Wild Atlantic Way Adventure – Carol Ann Treacy
Persuasive texts including adverts and posters One Plastic Bag – Miranda PaulDear Greenpeace – Simon James
Instructions How to Twist a Dragon’s Tail – Cressida CowellHow to Trap a Dragon – Adam Wallace
Non-chronological reports(Information texts) The Water Horse – Dick King-SmithThe Dragon Snatcher – M. P. Robertson
Weeks 7+ poetry
Blank verse An un-rhyming verse written in iambic pentameter.10 syllables in each line (pentameter); where, unstressed syllables are followed by stressed ones, five of which are stressed but do not rhyme. Cinquain A five-line poem that are particularly vivid in their imagery and are meant to convey a certain mood or emotion. Clerihew A four line comic verse of two rhyming couplets.The lines can be any length but the first contains the name of the well-known person who is being written about and the second line should rhyme with the person’s name. Tanka A Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written as a single, unbroken line.The word “tanka” translates to “short song.”

 

Year 8
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Plays A Stage Full of Shakespeare – Angela McAllisterMr William Shakespeare’s Plays – Marcia Williams
Stories with a historical setting Street Child – Berlie DohertyDaisy Saves the Day – Shirley Hughs
Mystery stories Clockwork (Or All Wound Up) – Philip PullmanKrindlekrax – Philip Ridley
Formal and explanation writing, including letters Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry – Mildred D. TaylorThe Stone Thrower – Jael Ealay Richardson
Current affairs/Newspaper reports/Magazines FirstNational Geographic Kids
Diary entries The Diary of a young girl. (Abridged edition) – Anne FrankThe story of Anne Frank – Brenda Ralph Lewis (DK readers)
Weeks 7+ poetry
Blank verse An un-rhyming verse written in iambic pentameter.10 syllables in each line (pentameter); where, unstressed syllables are followed by stressed ones, five of which are stressed but do not rhyme. Cinquain A five-line poem that are particularly vivid in their imagery and are meant to convey a certain mood or emotion. Clerihew A four line comic verse of two rhyming couplets.The lines can be any length but the first contains the name of the well-known person who is being written about and the second line should rhyme with the person’s name. Tanka A Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written as a single, unbroken line.The word “tanka” translates to “short song.”

 

Year 9
Directed genre for Talk for Writing Suggested/chosen texts
Myths and Legends Outlaw – Michael Morpurgo –  The Adventures of Robin Hood – Adrian Mitchell
Stories set in imaginary worlds The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe/The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian – C. S. Lewis  The journey – Aaron Becker
Stories in the style of a significant author(Michael Morpurgo) A medal for Leroy – Michael Morpurgo Michael Morpurgo – Billy the Kid
Balanced arguments The Story of the Blue Planet – Andri Snaer Magnason This Morning I Met a Whale – Michael Morpurgo
Recounts Oranges in No Man’s Land – Elizabeth Laird The boy at the back of the class – Onjali Q. Rauf
Biography and autobiography Respect: The Walter Tull story – Michaela Morgan Walter Tull’s scrapbook – Michaela Morgan
Weeks 7+ poetry
Blank verse An un-rhyming verse written in iambic pentameter.10 syllables in each line (pentameter); where, unstressed syllables are followed by stressed ones, five of which are stressed but do not rhyme. Cinquain A five-line poem that are particularly vivid in their imagery and are meant to convey a certain mood or emotion. Clerihew A four line comic verse of two rhyming couplets.The lines can be any length but the first contains the name of the well-known person who is being written about and the second line should rhyme with the person’s name. Tanka A Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written as a single, unbroken line.The word “tanka” translates to “short song.”

 

Year 10
Genre Suggested/chosen texts
Recounts Holes –Louis Sachar
Stories set in imaginary worlds Northern Lights-Philip Pullman
Historical fiction: morality The Book thief-Markus Zusak
Functional English Understanding and producing transactional texts
 Year 11
Stories set in imaginary worlds Hunger Games : Suzanne Collins
Biography and autobiography My family and other animals:  Gerald Durell
Functional English Understanding and producing transactional texts
 Year 12-14
Stories set in imaginary worlds Twilight Series –Stephanie Meyer
Historical fiction: morality To kill a mockingbird-Harper Lee
Functional English Understanding and producing transactional texts