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Narrative Ghost Story

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03-Mar-2011

Ghost story - narrative writing
Chapters 1 APP writing standards file: Farida (Year 6, secure level 5) 2 Too much TV causing weighty children - discursive article/report 3 How the ear works - explanatory/informative writing 4 Magazine article - discursive response to Macbeth 5 Ghost story - narrative writing 6 'The Dancing Flame' - poem 7 Overall assessment summary for Farida

Ghost story - narrative writing
This is a collection of work. Click through the chapters to see the full collection or download the attached standards file. Uninvited Ghost by Penelope Lively was read aloud to the class. The children liked the fact that the ghosts were more irritating than frightening and the story was used as a starting point for the children's own ghost stories. Support was given with planning but then each child developed his or her own story independently.

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Assessment summary
In this ghost story, Farida has successfully managed a narrative form to create a complete piece (AF2). An individual voice is deployed to convey viewpoint (AF1) and both Gothic details and humorous asides (AF2) contribute to the success of the writing. Farida uses paragraphs to support the structure of the narrative (AF4) and although the overall text structure falters slightly towards the end, this is mostly secure. Cohesion is created through the use of connectives and dialogue (AF3), and a range of sentence structures, including those in dialogue, add interest and variety to the writing (AF5). A wide range of punctuation is used, including speech marks, apostrophes, brackets and ellipses, to create clarity and sometimes for effect (AF6). There are some effective vocabulary choices ('murky', 'rasped') (AF7) which add to the impact of the narrative. Although children were given a starting point for their narratives, and some support with planning, there is evidence that Farida has...
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