Week 6, package 3: Using clues in writing

This lesson gives opportunities for students to add clues into a description; to show, don’t tell.

Week 6 - Package 3 - Year 5 and 6 English/literacy - Using clues in writing

Week 6 - Package 3 - Year 5 and 6 English/literacy - Using clues in writing

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

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Before your child starts

This lesson gives opportunities for students to add clues into a description; to show, don’t tell. This helps to enhance descriptions and allows the reader to infer and draw their own conclusions about what is happening. This lesson is best completed after the inference lessons.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson to explore how to include clues in a description so that a reader can make their own inferences. The teacher will guide your child as they brainstorm and delve into the meaning of words within different contexts.

Throughout the lesson, your child will be asked to pause the video to complete an activity on the activity sheets.

What your child can do next

Your child will be completing a range of activities, including:

  • improving sentences by adding clues
  • creating a more detailed description using clues.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Play a game where an item is hidden. Give clues about the item without saying its name. Have your child do the same thing with an item they are familiar with. Once done verbally, your child may write this down.

Activity too easy?

Your child might take an extract from an easier story or picture book and create a more sophisticated description using clues.

Extension/additional activity

Your child might like to play a game with a partner where they give clues for their partner to guess a target word. There is a catch where your child will have three words they cannot use in their clues. For example, the target word is ‘school’ but your child cannot use the words ‘learning’, ‘teacher’ or ‘student’ to give their partner clues.

Activity sheet 1: Improving with clues

Your task

  • Use the target word or select your own.
  • Brainstorm some words and phrases that are clues for the target word.
  • Create an improved sentence using clues for the target word.
  • You might like to add more detail in your sentence or change more words to clues.
Boring sentence Improved sentence
The koala climbed the tree. ?
The boy was scared. ?
The boy was scared. ?

Activity sheet 2: Show don’t tell

Your tasks

  • Use the image below to create a brainstorm.
  • Create a paragraph to describe your image using clues.
  • Banned word: forest.
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