This is a 3 week unit of work which looks at how African American slaves used hidden codes in quilts to assist them to escape slavery in America. The book is called 'Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt' by Deborah Hopkinson. It is an inspiring book which the pupils, I have taught, have been really engaged by this unit. The end piece of writing is a letter written in character as Clara back to her Aunt Rachel. The unit also looks at the descriptive language of Neil Gaiman which has really helped pupils, I teach, to improve their descriptive writing. I have included all the resources including worksheets, WAGOLL and displays. The learning objectives for this unit are;
• To infer a characters thoughts and feelings.
• To participate in role play.
• To identify the themes in a book.
• Retrieve and record information from non-fiction.
• To use and punctuate direct speech.
• To infer a characters thoughts and feelings. To perform a soliloquy.
• To find the key features of an informal letter.
• To explore similar types of writing focussing on grammar, structure and vocabulary.
• To write metaphors in a question and answer poem.
• To write expanded noun phrases.
• To improve a piece of writing by adding fronted adverbials.
• To draft writing by composing orally first.
• To plan a letter written by a character in a story.
• To write and edit a letter written by a character in a story.
This unit of work uses the 3 stage planning process of:
• Stimulate and generate
• Capture, sift and sort
• Create, refine and evaluate
Stimulate and generate = This usually starts with a hook to interest the class where the class realise who they are going to write for so they have a clear purpose and audience. Activities can include reading excellent model texts, drama or researching more about the author or the content of the book.
Capture, sift and sort = This is the part of the unit where pupils look at key features, practise skills they will need in order to complete the final piece or new learning for objectives they have not learnt yet.
Create, refine, evaluate = This is where you bring all you have learnt together and plan the final piece before you write it and then edit it to improve the piece. This can include self, peer or teacher led reviewing.