The Most Disgusting Sandwich in the World

The Purpose: In this activity, we endeavor to bring fun to instruction writing, while also cleverly reinforcing the criteria of this genre.

The Process: Key instructional writing features:

A title, numbered or bulleted points, time connectives, imperatives, diagrams with captions etc.

Diary Entry of a Future Self

The Purpose: This activity gives you the chance to practice personal writing within the conventions of diary / journal writing. It will also challenge you to consider what your world will be like in the future, perhaps stepping a foot into the realm of science fiction.

The Process: Write an entry at a given milestone in the future. This may be when you leave school, begin work, go to university, get married, have kids, retire etc.

The What If Challenge

The Purpose: This challenge will encourage you to see the link between the posing of interesting hypothetical questions and the creation of an entertaining piece of writing.

The Process: To begin this exercise, think about as many crazy What If questions you can- the more off-the-wall the better! For example, ‘What if everyone in the world knew what you were thinking?’ or ‘What if your pet dog could talk?’ Pick one that is most interesting to you and after a quick plan, tell us what you envisage!

When I am famous…

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” – Andy Warhol

Discuss the above quote; what it means to be famous? Would you like to be famous? What would you like to be famous for?

The Purpose: This activity will make you think about what might be life as a famous person- what would just going to the shops be like for them or ordering take away? Could they just visit a park or zoo? 

The Process: After thinking about what type of famous person you would like to be you could then write:

  • An account of what you would like to be famous for, and why.
  • A diary, written as if you were famous in the future. How are you feeling? What things do you have to do?
  • A newspaper interview, written as if in the future, with you (who is now famous!) 

Don’t forget to plan your writing carefully to suit the genre of writing you have chosen to use!

Design a New Room for the Chocolate Factory…

Based on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl.

The Purpose: Can you remember the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? If you have a copy of the book, read chapter 15 – a description of the Chocolate Room. If you do not have a copy take a look at this short film clip of the Chocolate Room: 

Can you think of any of the other rooms in the factory? 

Can you make up a new room for the chocolate factory? You must be as descriptive as possible so your teacher can really experience the new room as a reader.

The Process: After deciding on your new room in the factory can you plan all the amazing things we might SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE and TOUCH in this room? Can you use similes, metaphors, hyperboles etc. (SHAMPOO figurative language techniques) to bring your ideas to life for the reader? You could even draw your design or create it online to support your ideas/ writing!