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How to attack a castle

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By Bev Longeducational consultant

This amusing poster suggests two ways of attacking and capturing a castle. The three set of instructions use generic text type features, such as: statement of purpose, equipment needed, ordered steps and illustrations to help exemplify points. The poster should be particularly motivating for boys and will provide lots of scope for role play.

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Shared teaching and learning

Shared reading

  • Read the title and ask the children to share what they already know about life in a castle.
  • Recap the generic features of instructional texts and ask the children to look out for them as you read the poster.
  • Look at the poster, directing the children to the illustrations, then discuss what is happening. Ask them to identify what the poster is for and how the illustrations help.
  • Read the poster together.
  • List new vocabulary and discuss the meaning of the new words – eg, storm, siege, catapult, battering ram, surrender, capture, surround.
  • Discuss and share opinions on the merits of each attack approach.
  • Use junk models, small world play and role play to act out the instructions to help make them real.
  • Identify and list imperative verbs.
  • Notice use of bullets, numbers and sequencing connectives.
  • Notice how some instructions have a second sentence giving extra information.
  • Discuss the possible impact of each instruction. For example, in ‘Storming the Castle’, why do you need to get ready at night?
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  1. matt
    on 17 March 2010

    cool

    cool