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Monday 11th January 2021

L.I. To use pictures to predict a story


  1. Look at the file 'Lesson 1 Illustrations', number the pictures and write a sentence to explain what you think is happening in each one.
  2. Using the illustrations, write a short prediction of what the story is about. Remember, you must use clues from the pictures to support your prediction.
  3. Listen to the story.
  4. Use a dictionary to find the meaning of the following words; excursions, exasperated, bewildered, speculation.
  5. Now you know the meaning of the words, why do you think the author used them? Write a sentence for each one. 



Eric by Shaun Tan Whole.mp4

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Tuesday 12th January 2021

To plan a short story.


  1. 10 - 15 minutes, look at the illustrations of Eric with objects. Write 2 - 3 questions that Eric might ask when he found this object.
  2. Use 'short story plan template' to support the planning of your own story based around a visitor coming to stay. You do not need to use the template provided, if you wish, you can create your own plan.


Things to consider when planning: 

  • What is your character like? Personality?
  • What unusual objects is your character curious about? (4-6 objects)
  • What adventures did you go on? (4-6 adventures)
  • How does your character leave?
  • What did they leave behind and where did they leave it? 

Wednesday 13th January 2021

L.I. To write a short story.


  1. Re-read/Listen to Eric.
  2. Using the structure of Eric as a guide, write your own short story. I have provided an example for you to read through if you wish too. 



  • Use a dictionary to check your spellings
  • Accurate and correct use of punctuation 
  • Use a variety of conjunctions and sentence starters
  • It's a short story, no longer than two sides of A4. 


If you wish to illustrate your story, draw boxes (with a pencil and ruler) then draw pictures after you've finished your writing. 

Once you have finished, ask a member of your family or a friend to check your spellings and read through your story to ensure it makes sense. 

You can always email it to Miss Eaves, via, to have a read through and for feedback to be given. This must be done before next English lesson. 


Thursday 14th January 2021

L.I. To write/edit/publish a short story.


  1. Acting on the feedback, whether it's spellings or improvements to make, edit your work.
  2. Now it's time to publish your story! You can either, use the template provided, create your own template or publish your story in book form (see attached information).
    The title of your story is the name of your character.
    Once your story is finished - written neatly with carefully coloured illustrations, keep it safe for your return to school to share with Miss Eaves.


Happy Writing!

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