Hi Year 6,
Here are your reading challenges for this half term. Please complete the challenge on paper and hand it to Miss Sahin, ensuring your name is on it. I will be considering the presentation, spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting of your responses when choosing a Challenge Winner.
Your challenge is to identify the audience and purpose of this piece of writing. You need to fully explain your decisions by picking out the features, giving examples from the text, and explaining what effect they create. You should find at least four features to discuss.
The moon was unusually bright and an unnatural light hung in the clouds. The night was grey. The large derelict house loomed over her. Sarah felt threatened. At that moment she realised that she was alone. For the first time ever, no friends, no family were there to tell her it was going to be ok. There she stood, staring into the whole in the ground that just opened up before her like a sinkhole to hell. All was quiet…all was still. Was that a footstep she heard behind her? Sarah took baby steps closer, being careful not to lose her sure footing. Shuffling as close as she dared to, she peered cautiously into the hole. All was black. The abyss that she faced appeared bottomless. She shuddered as she thought about the darkness. It made her feel uneasy and frightened. However, this is not what Sarah should have feared… Much more concerning was the hooded figure staring back at her…
Your challenge is to compare the effectiveness and quality of two pieces of writing. You need to pick out features and writer’s tricks and explain how they affect the reader. Give examples and use this information to say which is more effective.
Text 1: The family were really scared. There might have been someone in their house. They looked around the room. They went upstairs and looked around. They got to the bedroom door. They didn’t know what they would find. The opened the door and were shocked. The window was wide open. Rushing towards it, they saw a man going into the forest.
Text 2: The family were terrified. Was there someone in their house? Panic. Frantically, they searched the room before also going to check upstairs. Nerves crept up them as they approached the bedroom door and for some reason the air suddenly felt suffocating and panic began to invade their minds. The door creaked open. Fear was followed rapidly by shock. The window was wide open. Rushing over, they got there just in time to see a dark-hooded figure disappear into the forest.
Below is an information text about rainforests. Your challenge is to convert this piece of writing, from a text to inform, into a text to persuade. You must try and persuade the reader not to chop down the rainforest. I want to see lots of persuasive devices in your writing.
- Rainforests have evolved over millions of years. They are very complex environments and upsetting one part of that environment can have destructive consequences.
- Rainforests represent a store of living and breathing renewable natural resources. They are rich in animal and plant species. They also provide a wealth of resources for the survival and well-being of humankind. These resources have included basic food supplies, clothing, shelter, fuel, spices, industrial raw materials, and medicine.
- Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface. They now cover only 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rain forests could be consumed in less than 40 years. One and one-half acres of rain forest are lost every second.
- More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. That is why the Amazon Rainforest is sometimes called the “Lungs of the Planet”.
- More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rain forests. However, nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest destruction.
- At least 3000 fruits are found in the rain forests.
- The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
Good luck everyone, I look forward to reading your Challenge entries, Miss Sahin and Mr McCabe