Foxes Class (Year 5)

Guided Reading

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

by Norman Hunter

Chapter 7 - The Professor Sends An Invitation


In Chapter 7, Professor Branestawm sends a mirror-image of the letter he was writing, because he sent the blotting-paper that he had used to soak up the extra ink in the envelope instead of the actual letter.

Your writing task for this week is to write a short story (2-3 pages) about a letter that you have received that is written in code (not a mirror image as in our story, chose a different code). Your story will need to tell how you got the letter, and how you worked out what it said and who it was from. Include an example of the coded letter, and explain how you managed to decode it. Remember, we wrote a coded message for an Early Work task in Spring term. Perhaps you can use some of those ideas. Tell me how you found out who the letter was from, and why it was so important that it was in code. 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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