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English 1 hour

Wednesday 13th October 2020



L.O. To identify effective language (R15).

WISH 1: I can identify effective words and phrases.

WISH 2: I can recognise how words enhance meaning.

WISH 3: I can create effective phrases


You will be writing a letter home as Tommo during WW1. The letter could be to mother or Molly.

Task 1:10 minutes

First, read the example letters. These are real letter written by soldiers to their families.

Task 2: 15-20 minutes

Next, create a vocabulary bank of words and phrases that you may use in your letter as Tommo. Use the example letters and the following extracts from the book:

Pg 113-115, pg 124-126, pg 127-133   
Suggested headings: nouns, synonyms  adverbials, technical language, senses – see, hear, touch, taste, smell etc.

Task 3: 15-20 minutes 

Now, plan your letter. Use the following example to create a plan in your English book adding key details from the book or magpie vocabulary from the example letters.

  • Who is your letter to?
  • Introduction – discuss how pleased you are to writer to them / thank you for their recent letter, what you miss about home (cannot wait to come home). Compare home to the war. How is life at home? Missing them - thank you for the socks.
  • Main paragraphs (AT LEAST 3) to include detail and description – discuss what is happening around you, describe trench life, use the senses, discuss your duties, the fighting and other soldiers. Trenches - wet, damp, unclean, rats/lice. DUTIES. Gas attack - How the day started. SEE. FELT. HEAR. Breathing in the gas – German who let Tommo live.
  • Conclusion – thoughts about the future, reassure who you are writing to. Feelings- asking about the family and new baby. Praying to come home. Ask for more socks.
    You must include a paragraph about what life is like in the trenches