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THE SKY SONG

SCHEME OF WORK (FOR 8-12 YEARS)

written by the author, Abi Elphinstone, a former English teacher

 

I regularly visit schools throughout the UK (and abroad) and can deliver talks about my books and the writing process to children in Years 4, 5 and 6. If you are interested in booking me for an event and hearing more details, click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

Pre-reading activities 1&2: discussing the book cover; designing a new book cover

Pre-reading activity 3: research project on Inuits

Pre-reading activity 4: research project on Kazakh Eagle Hunters

Pre-reading activity 5: creating your own literary map

Pre-reading activity 6: naming places on literary maps

Pre-reading activity 7: using maps to plot stories

Prologue activities: writing a fairytale opening; creating a timeline of events; inventing your own constellation

Chapter 1: illustrating the Ice Queen; comprehension questions on the Ice Queen

Chapter 2: creating a fact file for Flint; dreaming up inventions; creative writing

Chapter 3: learning about Arctic foxes

Chapters 4 & 5: learning about refugee boy, Rami; reading stories that champion tolerance; writing a formal letter

Chapter 6: writing a diary entry; creative writing

Chapter 7: creating ‘den’ settings

Chapter 8: writing dialogue; learning about diverse characters; language analysis

Chapter 9: identifying dramatic language; writing action scenes

Chapter 10: imagining alternative settings

Chapter 11: charting Flint’s character development

Chapter 12: charting Eska’s character development

Chapter 13: looking at the influence of picture books on fiction for 8+ years

Chapter 14: writing film director notes

Chapter 15: comparing characters; exploring themes

Chapters 16 & 17: making a leaflet on polar bears & climate change; getting inspiration from documentaries

Chapter 18: inventing a villain

Chapter 19: inventing a magical creature

Chapter 20: case-study on an inspirational person

Chapter 21: understanding the art of naming characters; naming  an ice monster

Chapter 22: writing a haiku

Chapter 23: pre-imagining settings; character spider diagram

Chapter 24: understanding persuasive techniques

Chapter 25: comprehension questions

Chapter 26: writing poetry

Chapter 27: creating unexpected characters

Chapter 28: writing emotive letters

Chapter 29: continuing the story

Chapter 30: exploring child-animal bonds; learning about orcas

Chapter 31: researching Arctic animals

Chapter 32: creating a Wanted! poster

Chapter 33, 34 & 35: just read – it’s too tense for activities now!

Epilogue: writing your own Arctic adventure

My Dreamsnatcher Playlist

1. To get me fired up for a day of writing: Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen

 

2. When I want to introduce a bit more magic into the plot: Flying by James Newton Howard – from the most recent Peter Pan movie

 

3. The last few chapters of my book are pretty tense and I wrote them to this song: Narnia battle theme – from the more recent Narnia movie

 

4. I reward myself with this song after I’ve written a good chase scene: Septimus by Ilan Eshkeri – from the Stardust soundtrack

 

5. When I’m editing the book and need all my concentration to get it just right: Silence (anything else is distracting)

 

6. When I want inspiration: BBC Narnia Aslan’s Theme by Geoffrey Burgon (possibly the most magical sounding thing OF ALL TIME)

 

7. Standard writing day music: anything by Ludovico Einaudi

 

8. When I’m tired but know I have to write anyway: I’ve Come Home from the Spirit movie

 

9. When I’m willing Moll on to be brave against Skull: Spark Inside Us from The Princess & The Goblin movie

 

10. If I were ever to write a kissing scene (at the moment I can’t imagine my characters getting to that point!) I would write it to this song: Storybook Love by Mark Knopfler – The Princess Bride

theme song

1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

2. The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden

3. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

4. Skellig by David Almond

5. The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

6. The BFG by Roald Dahl

7. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

8. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Top 10 Desert Island Reads

Abi Elphinstone Q&A

Abi answers your questions about her inspiration for The Dreamsnatcher

THE DREAMSNATCHER

SCHEME OF WORK (FOR 8-12 YEARS)

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