Foxes Class (Year 5)

Guided Reading

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

by Norman Hunter

Chapter 6 - The Fair At Pagwell Green


In Chapter 6, Professor Branestawm gets confused for a waxwork model of himself and ends up as the attraction in a show when people think he is a living waxwork!

Your writing task for this week is to write a short story (2-3 pages) as if you have woken up one morning and have been turned into a model of yourself. You are still able to see and hear, but you cannot move in ANY way at all. People around you will see you as a dummy version of yourself, but you are aware of what is going on around you. What would people be saying? How will they treat you? What will you be thinking? Will you hear things that people wouldn't have said if they thought it was the REAL you? Write your story based on a whole day of you as a dummy version on yourself. 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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