This eight page Word document is a synopsis of the plot of Our Day Out in 'Fill in the blanks' format.
It is divided into eight units:
1 – Departure from the School, and Introduction of Characters
2 – The Journey, and more information on the Characters
3 – The Café and Shop
4 – The Zoo
5 – The Castle and Beach – Conflict between Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs
6 – Tension and Suspense – Carol is lost
7 – The New Briggs?
8 – The End
Students demonstrate their understanding of the plot by completing the cloze. It could be used for assessment or for revision. As a specialist teacher for weaker students, I find this approach a very useful support for those who need scaffolding to help them focus on core plot elements. I usually get students to complete each page at the end of the section, instead of asking them to write their own summary. This is an active learning activity that students enjoy.
A wordbank is provided at the end of each section to assist students.