Last week we began a five week Fabtastic Friday writing project which will eventually culminate in the children having rewritten The Tempest in their own words from start to finish.
Last weeks writing is shown in a previous post on this blog. Why Shakespeare? Why The Tempest? It's National schools Shakespeare week soon and well, we've been studying around the subject of water this term and so the idea of rewriting the tempest was born. Once completed the children will also use their writing to perform the play for the school! (That's the hard bit!)
Silence in the classroom, children lying on the floor, eyes closed.
You are worn out and tired. (I'd love to soak them from head to toe and stick seaweed on them but...)
You've landed on the island after swimming for what seems like an eternity. The sand feels (cold/warm) under your worn out body. How are you feeling? You are all alone and can see no other passengers from the ship. Think about what the first thing is you can hear. Children to think of one thing that they might hear on the island and to make that sound quietly. All children making their own sound will hopefully make the sound of the island in their own unique way. Children to keep eyes closed and to listen to all the sounds that each person is making. Children must continue to make their own sound but listen to all the others carefully. (At the same time, I could be playing a sound effect loop).
Stop the sounds and invite the children to discuss which sounds would be continuous and which sounds would be intermittent. Then restart again. Children to once again listen carefully.
Immediately after this get the children to write some Fabtastic sentences about what they could hear. Use a variety of Alan Peat sentence types to describe the scene. Modelled sentences like this for the children to use and leave on display. Allow a short amount of time for this as this is only the first part of the second scene.
Model a linking sentence that will help to link the sounds from the beach to the sights and sounds of the actual Island. After modelling, we will dramatise the actions with children writing and then showing how their character will move from the beach to the Island itself.
Exhausted, Ferdinand trudged off the beach. He couldn't believe what was in front of him. Walking slowly, Fedinand came across some sights he could not believe.
Following this we will use 'Epic Citadel' to explore an uninhabited Island. Following the initial writing of the sounds they could hear, the children will use the Epic Citadel APP to explore the sights and we will use a slow writing process to write about the weird Island. At no point will we talk about who is inhabiting the island as that will come next week!
The lat part of the scene will be like this...
He felt like someone was watching him. A tingle went down his spine. Who was there? Who was watching? What is this Island?
A writing project we undertook to enable the children to enjoy William Shakespeare while at the same time re-writing his play and creating some great artwork around it.