Composition -- Consider what they are going to write before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about.
Using an extract see resourcespoint out the four different forms of sentence: statement, question, exclamation and command. During the activity it is best to concentrate on communication rather than accuracy, but at the end of the activity you can collect up the cards and see what errors were made and prepare a correction slot for the next class.
Alternatively, if your students have Internet access and email addresses they can write e-cards. Model writing questions using correct punctuation.
Author: Nik Peachey Preparation You'll need a stack of postcards 1 or 2 for each student.
They learn to spell their full name and then write their address at least twice. Hot seat John Patrick. If you don't have any, you could just provide a piece of paper and get the students to draw their own picture on it. Children then write their own example of each sort. My students have always been very fond of this activity as they don't have to write too much and it involves a level of communication and imagination.
Procedure Give out the postcards one for each student or pair of students if you prefer or get the students to choose an e-card.
McHennessy by John Burningham.
Ask the students to look at the picture on the postcard and imagine that this is something they saw whilst on holiday. Grammar -- Learn how to use sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command.