Year 5: Thursday 25th June: Home Learning: English

Good Morning Year 5

Today, your job is to try and resolve the issue of King Minos demanding Athenian children as sacrifice to his Minotaur. Your aim is to stop Theseus having to travel to Crete in the first place. Your letter should be persuasive.
Write a letter to King Minos persuading him not to let demand children to sacrifice anymore.

In your blog comment, explain what you think the most effective argument for not taking the children would be.

Task 1

Read through the features of a persuasive letter

Persuasive-Letter-Writing-PowerPoint

Now read this letter and see how many of those features you can find, focusing specifically on these:

thursday-letter-example

Task 2

Remind yourself of the story: https://greece.mrdonn.org/theseus.html#:~:text=Prince%20Theseus%20told%20his%20father,Minotaur%20is%20a%20terrible%20monster!&text=Along%20with%20six%20other%20Athenian,Prince%20Theseus%20sailed%20towards%20Crete.

Task 3

LOG IN TO PURPLE MASH AND WRITE YOUR LETTER ON THERE. DO NOT JUST COMMENT WITH “I DID IT IN MY HOMEWORK BOOK”.
LAST WEEK ONLY 2 PEOPLE FROM 5 RED COMPLETED THEIR WORK ON PURPLE MASH, IT WAS RATHER DISAPPOINTING AS 15 COMMENTED SAYING THEY HAD COMPLETED THE WORK, WHEN THEY HAD NOT. :(

Your task is to write a letter to King Minos. You need to ask him to stop demanding Athenian children. Think about the points you could make:
– what happens to their families?
– what about the futures they could have?
– do they have rights? Does this effect their rights?
– is what he is doing morally right or wrong? Can you use this to change his mind?
– GD can you think of an alternative solution?

Use this check list to help you:

Here’s an example of a letter to King Minos to help you:


In your blog comment, explain what you think the most effective argument for not taking the children would be.
GD explain any alternatives to the children you can think of.

65 thoughts on “Year 5: Thursday 25th June: Home Learning: English

    • I have seen it, you have some good points in your work and I am proud to see you doing all your blogs, but this is quite late at night. To stay healthy you should be making sure you are getting enough sleep and doing your work during the day.

  1. Dear King Minos I would like to tell you why you are treating kids badly it is not good. What kind of monster would eat the children and even make them do things it is not fair you need to have a good side on you. You need to be respectful and have some belief in you and have more confidence that you can be nice and respectful to the children be nice to them please do!!!!.

    You need to be confident, respectful and have self belief I will tell you again you need to stop this and be nice to the children imagine you got treated like that you would of been eaten and you will be doing loads of work please.

    Please don’t eat any more children they will not be treated very well and it is not fair of you got not very well treated you will be very anxious and even more sad please don’t do it again

    Your sincerely Sahar!!

  2. Dear Minos,
    It’s not fair for the children to take ‘this torture from you. You can prove that your not entirely bad by treating them good and being nice to them in all ways use that kindness in you

  3. Dear Mr mino
    I am here to tell you about the minotar taking the children of Athens is wrong.
    The family population is getting low
    and none is happy, this is because you are giving children to the minotar what if you were about to be eaten by the minotar and you have nothing to defend yourself. imagene how much children and babies you have given to the minotar to eat for dinner or taken as slaves. Are you goning to tell the minotar to go some where else or lose more families? what if you have a baby and you love it and you have to give it to the minotar?

    Yours sincerely.

    Luqman A

  4. I wrote the letter in Purple Mash and copied the arguments in it.
    arguments:
    I hope you read this letter and think about your actions very carefully. I am making a complaint about your cruelty because many people (from the UK and Athens) complained and complained to me about you. I’m amazed at how cruel you are (In a bad way) to feed your pet with children from a different city. Here are the reasons why you should stop this:

    Firstly, your Minotaur needs a healthy diet. Why do you feed it only with children, when you can use other animal meat, like chicken or pork. Have you tried to offer fruits and vegetables? They are healthy and nutritious for many living things.

    Secondly, why do you feed your pet with children? Many families are terrified of your terrible actions and angry to have their children given to the Minotaur. Is this how you want to be remembered? As the evil King Minos who fed a monster with innocent children. How would you feel if your beautiful daughter, Ariadne was eaten by the Minotaur?

    Also, what you are doing is very unfair. Why do you take children from Athens to feed it, instead of taking some from your own city? If you don’t do something about it soon, then Athenians will seek a way to change this. They will think of a plan and stop you one way or another.

    I hope you think about your actions and do something about it soon or the consequences will be terrible for you and your carnivorous pet.

  5. I can’t find this task on purple mash and I’ve checked on my 2dos and refreshed many times🤔😑 so I wrote the task here👇

    Dear King Minos,
    This letter is about how you are treating the poor children of Athens .
    It’s not fair for innocent children to be shipped to Crete and face the tremendous horror of getting eaten by a huge beast ( your hideous Minotaur) Just think about how the parents of the children that are sent there feel just because of a silly deal their children that they have laboured, cared for and loved so much was to die a horrible and painful death as to being eaten .I am sure that if you were in their shoes you would be devastated. It would rip you up and tear you down .You feel empty you feel lost. It leaves a huge gaping hole in your heart that will never, ever heal. It messes with your mind. It brings anger into your heart
    It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute you’ll be at peace with her death, the next you’ll feel the heart-wrenching feeling that she is never coming back. Hearing her name will pull at you; it will leave you feeling unsettled, especially when you know that she is missing extreme milestones in your life. It is dark. It is upsetting. It is miserable. There’s regret, there’s guilt, and there is an extreme feeling of loss that could never, EVER, EVER, be replaced. I am begging you oh great King Minos let the children of Athens be free from your Minotaur and bring back the joy of Athens .

    Yours sincerely Fatu

  6. I’m doing the purple mash.
    My argument is that he shouldn’t eat the kids because if he ends up eating too much then he won’t have any kids leftover to eat.

  7. I have completed purple mash task.🙂
    In my persuasive argument I have wrote about King Manos to stop being rude to the innocent little children.😠

  8. Mrs khan I went purple mash again and I went on the 2do and checked everywhere else still couldn’t find it and then refreshed the page and it still wasn’t there

  9. Dear king minos ,
    The poor children that your sending to the mighty minitor . Why not tame the beast and be feisty but use it to protect your daughter
    Aiva

  10. Why should the kids be taken to the beast when they haven’t done anything wrong they are just normal living kids that don’t do anything wrong.

  11. Dear King Minos I would like to tell you about how you are treating these kids wrong. What kind of monster would eat children and make them into something

    • Reyan, please can you expand on this and give reasons for your point. Have a look at the blog to help you and type the letter in Purple Mash.

    • I look forward to seeing it Zoya- it’s not saved from you yet. Please complete your comment on here too about the most effective argument for not taking the children. Can you see the big pink box with massive writing in it which explains the task? Above these comments on this page? Have another read of it.

  12. Dear King Minos I would like to tell you about how you are treating these kids wrong. What kind of monster would eat children and make them into something.
    You can have prove that you do have good in you ok. You need to show that your not someone who you are,not naughty ,silly and mean. You have some good in you and need to use that.
    Your sincerely , abdulhamid

  13. I have completed the purple mash task.
    I think the most effective argument for not taking the children is to explain there feelings , the parents feelings. Then to make him feel ashamed of what he is doing this way he might think about what he has been doing then he might think about those poor children and there lives .

  14. Dear King Minos I would like to tell you about how you are treating these kids wrong. What kind of monster would eat children and make them into something.

    You can have prove that you do have good in you ok. You need to show that your not someone who you are,not naughty ,silly and mean. You have some good in you and need to use that.

    Your sincerely , Riqbah.

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