Tuesday, 10 January 2012

100 words for grown ups week 26


This week the challenge was 5 wordsAghast  Aquamarine  Aeroplane  Acted  After    to be used within a creative piece.
My first idea was to do a ten 0'clock news report but I couldn't get it quite right, so have gone for a news report instead.
All the details can be found on Julia's blog at 

These are such fun to do and have made me realise just how hard it can be to come up with ideas! I often talk to my class about doing these and have shared many of them with the children when we have been writing on similar themes. It has certainly made me much more understanding of the child who sits in class and says, "But I just don't know what to write!" It doesn't happen too often, but when it does I make sure that I have provided plenty of prompts and quality examples of writing. I love all the Pie Corbett resources and try to incorporate lots of the "Talk for writing" strategies into my teaching to empower the children.
Anyway, I digress.
Here is my effort at this week's prompt. 


Dangerous  creature on the loose

Residents of Kensington were aghast to find their well tended gardens in disarray after an uninvited creature visited and acted inappropriately towards their prized pets. Witnesses have described a lizard-like creature, the size of a large family dog.
At the time of writing there are no photographs. Here is our artistic interpretation:


This creature should be easy to spot with its bright aquamarine skin. However, for safety, residents have been advised not to approach it , but to call the police. How it came to be here remains a mystery; perhaps concealed amongst baggage on an aeroplane or freight ship.

16 comments:

  1. This made me laugh out loud Anna. My mind is working overtime trying to decide what sort of inappropiate actions this lizard might have made towards say a pedigree dog!

    I love the picture you put with it too - it should be pretty easy to spot if it sneaks into my home after my gerbils.

    Lovely to read a light-hearted piece after all the plane crashes!

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  2. Also meant to add - I think it would be great if one week Juia gave the adults and children exactly the same prompt. It would be interesting to see all the interpretations and I'm sure adults and children would learn a lot from each other.

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  3. Thanks Sally-Jayne- I couldn't face doing a scary plane crash so went for this approach! Glad you liked it :)

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  4. Oh yes , think that is a great idea too :)

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  5. Very impressive artwork - how long did it take you to make? ;)

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  6. Lol, found an image on the web and used paint...was avoiding starting the decorating :-)

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  7. This was fun! I really love the photo.

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  8. This made me laugh and smile. I'm also trying to imagine how this creature behaved to the local pets. They're just jealous of its fabulous manicure =)

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  9. Thanks wordsonehundred. Thought the pic would be a fun addition.

    @buddhafulkat glad you enjoyed this. His/her nails are rather impressive aren't they ;P

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  10. DancingInTheRain11 January 2012 at 12:25

    Love the story - and it certainly reads like an article in the local rag... Well done.

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  11. That'd be a great news report for April Fool's Day wouldn't it! lol!

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  12. I'll try again! I left a comment the other day, but it didn't register! Never sure how that happens! Blogs - honestly, who would have one?! I loved your piece - it really made me laugh! I wondered if it was inspired by the lizard, or you found the lizard to go with the piece?! Great bit of writing!

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  13. Thanks Livi; not so many people do april fool things nowadays, but i think this is too farfetched!
    Thanks dancing...wish our local paper had articles like this!
    Not sure where the other comment went Lorely, but thanks for coming back :-D I found the pic after and doctored it a bit :-)

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  14. Thanks for your comment on my blog. No I'm not a tweeter, but I do skirmish with facebook now and again - Lorely Forrester. If you do too, give me a prod and we'll find each other! Didn't know you had a class doing 100WC. Isn't it great, what J has got going!

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  15. Yes, the 100wc is a fabulous thing...trying to get more of my class to do it is proving a challenge.

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  16. An unusual factual approach that works really well Anna! Well done for branching out. \It is good to have some idea of what we expect of the children without any thought!

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