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If I elaborate on my
ideas, I may need to
information so that
the reader can get a
good visual picture in
Which ideas are you
going to deliberately
choose to make me
interested in your
Since I’m writing about my favourite place, I could
include everything that makes this my special place,
something that made it feel important or good, and
anything that might be fun that I know others like.
Who, what , when,
where, why, how.
My main idea
What is my main idea?
Some words to
help me elaborate:
I can talk about
complex issues or
quantity, selection and
elaboration of ideas for
Are my ideas
If my ideas are simple, I talk about
anything related to myself, whatever is in
my life at the time, what is familiar to
me, what I can see or do, and what I
My ideas are complex when I generalise
what I am talking about, when I include
ideas that can’t be seen, and when I look
back at more than what is around me, and
groups of people not around me.
Elaboration is when you pay
careful attention to the detail
of your task, in this case, when
you describe something.
What is the purpose of my writing?
Parts of the
I need to know what type of writing I am
doing, and I need to know how that type
of writing is structured! That means,
how is my type of writing set out.
If I writing a NARRATIVE piece, I
would need to set a time, place and
characters. It also needs a problem or
predicament to solve, and it needs to be
resolved (sorted out, fixed up, like a
Remember, are you sticking
your chosen language
resources because it
enhances your work, or
because you want to use
more? If you have too many,
your writing might not sound
You’ve seen on our wall in the pink clouds most of
Now, you have to use them correctly!
For certain types of writing, different language
resources help to make the writing better.
You need to be able to choose when to use them
at the right time.
So when you
write, make sure
you know the
TYPE, and its
The structure makes you
remember all the things you need
to do for your chosen writing.
Tense, tone, conjunctions,
metaphor, irony, hyperbole,
alliteration, simile, abstract nouns
I shouted out to mum so she knew I
was off to the shop. “Hello,” I said
to the shop-keeper. I really felt like
a chocolate ice-cream, so I bought
As you are able to
write longer pieces
of text, you have to
ideas sensibly and in
When you paragraph, you
are showing that you can
organise your different
ideas properly, and in a
It’s when your ideas link to each other.
Your links become more complex when
you connect your ideas to the wider
world, and how you join them so your
story makes sense when you add them.
The Basic Rule: Do your ideas
flow like a waterfall (consistent
flow), or a stream of rapids (your
ideas go everywhere!)?
Check your TENSES in
have you used?
What referring words did
you use? (PRONOUNS etc)
Did I just make a better picture in
Did I emphasise my point?
Do certain words work well with
What words paint a beter picture in
The range, precision
and effectiveness of
your word choices
Words that are related to your own
personal world, and that we frequently
Words that are descriptive,
expressive, academic, technical or
Frequency and variety.
How many times did I use a
Have I tried different sentence
Have I used a particular word a
How can we tell the
correctness of your
Is your tense consistent?
Past Tense – using words that tell us
something has already happened.
I bought the bread.
•Singular / Plural (word form)
•Order of words
•How you arrange elaborating
sentences. (see ‘Ideas’ page).
•Prepositions and their relative
pronouns (pronouns you’re supposed to use
with certain prepositions.)
•Articles (a, an, the) and pronouns (a word
that replaces one or more nouns, as I, you, he,
this, who, what.)
*Basic Rule - The basic rule states that a
singular subject takes a singular verb, while a
plural subject takes a plural verb.
The DOG is The DOGS are
(One dog) (More than one dog)
Future Tense – using words that
tell us something will happen.
I will buy the bread.
Are you using your
Correct: Cut it into small pieces.
Incorrect: Cut it up into small pieces.
Are your subjects and verbs
correct? Check the LR example
pages for help.
The bird DOES migrate – The birds DO migrate.
The child sings - The children sing
Full stops etc.
…otherwise the reader
will get tired trying to
read your looooong
You should be putting
full stops at the end of
Our class went to the community
centre to brave the high ropes and
could you use?
we were broken up into groups but
I was the only boy in my group and
I had to go first on the practice
ropes as well as on the real ones it
was a little scary some people
weren’t scared and liked it I was a
little scared at the top of the roof
WHERE ARE THE FULL STOPS!!!
What do we do
in our class?
You should use a
spell-write to try
and find simple
If you are not sure how
to spell a word,
Show them your attempt. They may be
able to show you another way of spelling
those sounds you were not sure of.
“Thruw – thr is correct, now the oo
sound looks like this – ough. It also has
some other sounds as well. So now you
can use these letters if you come across
a word that has an ‘oo’ sound.”
Make sure you put it onto a new words
chart in your homework book to practice
until you know it.
You can then show your parents
how your spelling is coming
Or a dictionary
for slightly harder
I climed the tree, once I saw the
Make sure you have
tried to spell the
If the teacher or
friend is available…