Literacy Starter of the Day

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Add adjectives to the following passage to make it sound more interesting.

As I walked down the road, I kept thinking about the house I had just passed.  It sat on the hill above the village.  The windows, door and bushes surrounding it made it look very frightening.  The drive up to the house seemed to go on forever.   I wonder who lived there?

ing clauses

Write a sentence beginning with each of the following -ing clauses.

Glancing across the room,

Following him quickly down the road,

Walking carefully along the path,

Joining sentences

An interactive activity today, from the BBC Skillswise website, joining two sentences with a conjunction to make a compound sentence.  Please click the link below to take you straight to the activity.

Speech Marks

Punctuate the following sentences with speech marks (remember sppech marks ago around the spoken word)
1. Can I help you asked the shop assistant.
2. Hello Fred asked How are you today?
3. I can’t believe this has happened! Shrieked Sally, where have all my sweets gone?
4. First I would like you to get your books out, asked the teacher, then I would like you to write the title and the date.
5. Stop! Shouted the man, come back here with my newspaper!


Think of all the things you would associate with the word literacy?For example: sentences, neat handwriting

Discuss with a partner the meanings of the words, do you know what they all mean? Can you give examples for some of them.


Write a Haiku based on the theme of summer or the sun.  Remember a haiku has three lines to it, the first line has 5 syllables, the second 7 and the third 5.

Summer is…..

For today’s starter I would like you to be creative, be imaginative, think similes, think metaphors and continue the following sentence.  You could write one sentence, you could write 5, turn it into a poem, I don’t mind, surprise me 🙂

Summer is………………

More words!

How many words of 3 letters or more can you make from


What is the longest word you can make?

Full stops and commas

Punctuate the following passage accurately with full stops and commas.

Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them and little feathery sweets that melt away the moment you put them between your lips he can make chewing gum that never loses its taste and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up

Excerpt taken from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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