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LC : Use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech


Improvise, create and write dialogue

Read the text and highlight the inverted commas.


Come on, called Clack.  He sat on the turf balk dividing his strip from the next, waiting impatiently.  “ This sun… I’ve had enough of it.”

“So have I,” groaned Grim.  He slumped against the balk.

“And so have I,” sighed Swein, collapsing in a heap like a sack of potatoes. “Come on,” cried Clack, “you and you and all the rest of you.”

Panting heavily, the others followed him. “Look!” insisted Clack, pointing again.

“Look!” And there, huddling in the hollow of the largest pit, the cottars saw what Clack had seen: two green children. Their skin was green, their hair was green, they wore green clothes.  One was a boy, the other was a girl.

Using Seesaw or if you are learning from home, complete the task in your blue book.


Look at the words outside inverted commas.

Highlight these in a different colour.  What do you notice?

Clack finds the Green children!

How do you think Clack thought and felt when he found the green children?

We are going to write a diary entry imagining we are Clack. Think back to our work on diaries last term.

Read the example below.

Dear Diary

Today was a strange day!


I was working in the fields cutting swaths of corn with my scythe when some strange green children appeared.


I felt a bit uneasy because I hadn’t seen them before and I thought they might…


After they had eaten some green beans, they began to talk.  They spoke…


I thought…


I hope…


That’s it for today!  I wonder what might happen tomorrow…



Can you use Seesaw, if you are working in school, to complete the diary entry. If you are working at home use your blended learning book.