This week Miss Patterson and Mrs Park's group have watched the short animated film Alma in our English lessons. We enjoyed making movie trailers and were ready to move onto our writing. We used DADWAVER as a structure to help us write the opening of the story. DADWAVER stands for Description, Action, Dialogue, Where, Adverb, Verb, Estimation of time and Rhetorical Question. We used the different parts of DADWAVER to vary the openings of sentences and we're proud of our shared writing.
The thick, white blanket fell lightly against the cold, hard ground. Alma, who was wearing a bright pink body warmer, skipped down the street merrily, singing to herself. Something unusual caught her eye. She stared. The blackboard, which her mam had told her never to write on but her father had, looked back at her temptingly. More than a dozen names were scribbled in chalk in front of her eyes. She added hers. "Fantastic," she whispered. She was proud of herself for writing on the blackboard. Alma turned round slowly because she heard a creaking noise coming from the other side of the street. Standing in the middle of the frosty street, Alma ran towards the old fashioned toy shop window. Mysteriously a creepy looking doll had appeared in the window. Thinking to herself, Alma studied the doll carefully. To her surprise, it was like looking in a mirror. The reflection wore a pink body warmer and khaki, baggy trousers. Just a few seconds later, the doll in the shimmering window had vanished. "Was I imagining this?" Alma asked herself, her heart pounding.
Great work everyone!