Foxes Class (Year 5)

Guided Reading

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

by Norman Hunter

Chapter 3 - The Professor Borrows A Book


In Chapter 3, Professor Branestawm has to keep covering up the fact that he lost his library book; not just from one library, but from lots of libraries. He has to borrow a book from a new library every time he loses the last one so that none of the libraries realises what has happened.

Your writing task for this week is to write a short story (2-3 pages) about someone who has to keep lying, or at least trying to deceive people, so that they don't get into trouble. Maybe they have done something wrong and they don't want to be found out, and each time the lie has to get bigger and bigger. Maybe they have to make so many excuses, that they start to lose track of what they have already said. Or, maybe they were just trying to not hurt someone's feelings but things are starting to get out of hand.

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.

Story Mountain Planning Template.png

Copyright Eaton Bray Academy 2017