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W/C 07.12

Lesson 1:


For this week we are starting to plan our Running Wild story. Today I would like you to think about which animal is going to be your main character and where you would like your story to be based.


Start with your animal, you can chose from an elephant, a gorilla, or a camel. The animal will then focus where you would like your setting to be, again chose from a desert, a jungle or a plain landscape.


Once you have decided these, focus on how your animal will help you in these different situations;

  • finding water
  • finding food
  • finding shelter 
  • asking to be reduced.


Mind map how you think your animal will help in each situation. Remember to try to link in with your setting too.

Please see the examples below.

Lesson 2:


For this lesson I would like to to map out what will happen in your story. We will focus on 4 main parts to the Running Wild story:

  • The main character is in an unfamiliar setting
  • Disaster strikes - your character finds themselves alone with the animal
  • Main character learns to survive - finding water, food and shelter
  • Main character faces challenges - two predators.


See the different examples below.

Lesson 3


We are going to focus on blending action and dialogue today. Please watch the video Catch-a-lot and start with writing down 6 short speech sentences for different parts of the short film.

Once you have done that, re-watch the film and this time we are going to start putting description to each short speech sentence.

For example, at the start when the young man is sitting on the boat I might’ve used the sentence,

”Oh, I am so bored.” 
This sentence becomes; As I sat there in the old, creaky boat and the sun is rising behind me I stare out onto the smooth glistening sea. Bob is very excited being out here on this adventure, staring out to sea waiting for the important prize to appear, but as the cold sets into my bones I huff and grunt “Oh, I am so bored.”


See the examples below.

Lesson 4 and Lesson 5


We are starting to innovate Running Wild today and tomorrow, remember to include detailed description, dialogue blended with action, expanded noun phrases, a range of sentences, and different punctuation.


See our class examples below.