Foxes Class (Year 5)

Guided Reading

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

by Norman Hunter

Chapter 5 - The Screaming Clocks


In Chapter 5, Professor Branestawm tries to invent a clock that never needs to be wound up. Unfortunately, his clock doesn't work very well as the Professor forgot to fix the bit that makes it chime on the hour. After it chimed at 12 O'clock, it chimed 13 O'clock, 14 O'clock... and kept going until the chimes were more of a hum.

Your writing task for this week is to write a short story (2-3 pages) about an invention that goes terribly wrong. You might want to tell a story about something that you have invented, or you might want to make up a story about somebody else who invents something that goes wrong. Either way, you need to make it original without using ideas from Professor Branestawm.

Make sure you use the template below to help you to build your story. Make sure you include all parts of the template to make a really entertaining short story;


Opening - Where your story is set? How does it start? Introduce any characters but don't give away too much story here. This is the most important part if you want the reader to keep reading. (1-2 paragraphs)

Build up - What happens next? Expand your story to keep the reader interested. (1-2 paragraphs)


Climax/Conflict - This is where your problem happens. Most of the drama happens here and your main characters should be involved in it. What goes wrong? What do they have to deal with? 3-4 paragraphs)


Resolution - This is where the problems get sorted out, maybe not straight away, but they get sorted. The problems shouldn't have an easy fix. Usually, something goes wrong on the first attempt otherwise readers might think it was too easy. (1-2 paragraphs)

Ending - Everything should be concluded here and life usually returns to normal. How will your story end? How do your characters cope after their adventure? (1-2 paragraphs)

If you have a printer, you can click on the template to download a copy. If you don't have a printer, just copy the five headings to help you build your story. Remember, the planning is just as important as the finished story and I want to see both. Remember to put your capital letters in the right places, use clear punctuation, don't forget speech marks and leave a line between your paragraphs. 

Every time a different person speaks, they need a new line of their own. If you've forgotten how this should look, have a look at a story book and see how it's done.

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