Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a short piece of writing about the picture below in exactly 200 words…
The half-term is coming up, and we would love you to get writing! It can be in any style you like – from fiction to factual to poetic – the choice is yours. The picture may be the main focus of your whole piece of writing or it may just be a casual side-line that is only mentioned once! You could write a short setting description or a mini story; you could write a documentary or a funny poem. So, here it is…
Mild, Spicy or Hot?
Ok, my little chilli peppers – here’s the thing. I tried this challenge myself and got a bit carried away! I wrote way more than 200 words! However, I was enjoying myself too much and I didn’t want to stop! So I am offering you the chance to choose a mild, spicy or hot challenge. I am anticipating that most of you will choose the spicy, but the mild and hot are options too. They are as follows:
Mild = 100 words
Spicy = 200 words
Hot = 500 words
This idea originates from the BBC Radio Two 500-word competition which, although is not running currently, has a website full of great ideas to get you started. You can hear some of the winning stories from 2016 (I recommend ‘The Grannies Who Flew to the Moon’) and get an Alphabot to generate 5 random words for you if you are having difficulties coming up with some ideas! Have a look on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1 for these and other helpful suggestions!
Remember, too, to use all the features you have been learning in school. Please try to use: ambitious punctuation and vocabulary; expanded noun phrases; prepositional phrases; similes and metaphors; super connectives and any other features that you feel your work should have. Plan your work in note-form, jotting down ideas for each of the features above, before you get started.
Please upload your work into a comment box, (if it will allow you to type in that many words, of course!) If not, then bring it into school, preferably in digital form please, or email it to me and we will publish it on here. I will be sharing mine with you in the classroom too! I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as I did. Happy writing!