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Year 2 literacy- Great Fire of London

I have my performance management observation this week and don't know when it will be so really want to make all my lessons this week as good as they can be, plus my TA is off for the week so really want planning to be tight to make things run a little smoother.
I am looking at literacy and struggling for ideas to make lessons engaging while meeting the learning objectives.
We are doing the Great Fire of London and I want the children to write a diary as if they were someone that was there by the end of the week.
I only have three lessons + big writing and the objectives I'm looking to cover are:
1. to use descriptive language
2. to understand feelings of characters
3. to write in role
I was thinking of starting the week with a picture of a scene from the fire and asking children to work in groups to create freeze frames of different groups of people and ask them to consider how their characters would be feeling.
I want to do a lesson allowing them  to collect descriptive language ready for their writing but not sure how to make this more interesting!
Not sure what third lesson should be to lead them into the writing??
Any help would be much appreciated!
cuckoo

for the descriptive language- think the 5 senses would fit well.

Could you maybe take something in that had been burnt like toast or charred paper to get the kind of bitter, smoky smell??? Obviously, if you could have some sort of bonfire that would be brill but doh, Health and Safety! Wink

You could have some images of fire- video clips to look at movement of flames. There is the thick, black smoke etc.



I would do lots of mind-mapping of ideas and then model how to put into sentences effectively with different sentence starts.

Hope this can be of some help! Are you going to do your diary entry on 'old' paper? Sounds like a lovely week of planning! Smile Good luck!
cuckoo

Don't know if anything like these videos on youtube could be used?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzpZVajlcdg&feature=related
cuckoo

Sound effects for fire can be found here:
http://www.soundjay.com/nature-sounds.html
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Thank you! Think I will break that lesson into parts and we will look at each of the senses collecting vocab. Like the idea of using different sentence openers to avoid I can see... I can hear...
It's starting to come together now, and yes I do think we'll use 'old' paper!
Thanks again
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Have planned this using cuckoo's idea of giving the children different sentence starts but mind is blank on the kind of things I could give them, I wanted to avoid usind I can see, I can smell etc but now struggling to think of alternatives.
Any ideas?
cuckoo

Ok off the top of my head quickly while I am cooking dinner. How about these sentence starts:

All around me...
Across the street...
In the distance...
Everywhere...
Starting off with the smell/sight e.g. The thick black smoke

You could model some of these/scaffold these in shared writing or use these with a guided group.

Will try to think of some more...
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Thank you!
Was obviously following your lines of thinking, I have just come up with these:
The fire...
In the air...
The sound of....
The smell of...
Because of...
People were...
Children...
Everywhere I looked....
All around me.......
The whole street......
The river.......
I'll add yours in and that should be plenty! Thanks again.
cuckoo

Good luck!
singup

I did this in an observed lesson with Year 1s and started off by going into role as 'Mrs Chumley', an eyewitness.  We talked first about what they might ask her to get a really good idea of how it might feel, smell etc and then I went into role by putting on my shawl.  

The children really engaged with it, they asked great questions and it fed into some really good writing from them where they focused on their senses and how they would feel.  I got very positive feedback on it as they were pleased I had chosen to do teacher in role for an observation.
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