Key Skills 17/04/15


Choose a page or a couple of paragraphs from the book you are currently reading. Look through the page and try to find as many different grammatical terms that you know. For example, if you are reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

Harry went down to breakfast the next morning to find the three Dursleys already sitting around the kitchen table. They were watching a brand-new television, a welcome- home-for- the-summer present for Dudley, who had been complaining loudly about the long walk between the fridge and the television in the living room. Dudley had spent most of the summer in the kitchen, his piggy little eyes fixed on the screen and his five chins wobbling as he ate continually.

Proper nouns: Harry, Dursley, Dudley. 

Common nouns: kitchen table, breakfast, television, present, fridge, living room, summer, kitchen, eyes, screen, chins. 

Adverbs: loudly, continually. 

Obviously there are many more grammatical terms to use…

Record it how you want; you could do an impressive poster!


Key Skills 20.04.15


Have a good weekend! 

Mr Prosser

10 thoughts on “Key Skills 17/04/15

  1. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wlison pages 13, 14,15

    proper noun , Andrea, Walt Disney, Katie, Mum, Uncle, sister, Andy Pandy
    common noun, television, telly, video, home, house, donkey, puppet, drawers, bathroom, mouse
    verb, walk, sleeps, hides, watch, cry wail, nibble, hit, told, late
    adverb, desperately, extremely, drooly ,gory
    adjective, cute, hairy, small, big, sly, squeaky, creepy, horrible, dopey
    prepositions, in, into, after, went
    pronouns, you, I, her, she, them, our
    suffixes, hateful, calling, working, played, thumped, older, bullying
    homophones, to, their
    contractions, she’s, don’t, wasn’t, shouldn’t, it’s, that’s, he’s, didn’t
    plurals, wrinkles, plays, blinks
    connectives, and, afterwards, for on, an, also, including, always, although.

  2. Literacy homework:
    Demon Dentist:
    Alfie hated going to the dentist. As a result the boy’s teeth were almost all yelow the ones that weren’t yellow were brown. They bore the stains of all the goodies that children love, but dentists hate. Sweets, fizzy drinks and chocolate. The teeth that were neither yellow nor brown simply weren’t there any more. They had fallen out. One had bitten into a toffee and stayed there. Assorted fruit-flavoured chews had claimed others. This what young Alfie looked like when he smiled……. That’s because this 12 year old boy hadn’t gone to the dentist since he was very little. Alfie’s last visit was when he was around 6 years old. It was a simple case of toothache, but it ended in a disaster. The dentist was an ancient man, Mr Erstwhile. Despite his good intentions, Mr Erstwhile should have retired many years before. The dentist looked like a tortoise, an old tortoise. He wore glasses so thick they made his eyes apear to be tennis balls.
    Grammatical terms:
    Hated, fallen, bitten, claimed, going/gone, stayed, visit, toothache, was, wore and smiled.
    Common nouns:
    Sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, toffee, fruit-flavoured chews, dentist, teeth, man, years, tortoise, glasses, eyes and tennis balls.
    Proper nouns:
    Alfie and Mr Erstwhile.
    As a result, and, because, since, but, despite and before.
    Yellow, brown, little, ancient, good, old and thick.
    Weren’t and Hadn’t.
    Full stop, apostrophe, comma, dash, …,
    by Alexandra

  3. Diary of a wimpy kid:

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years of being a kid, it’s that you have ZERO control over your own life.
    Ever since school let out, I haven’t had anything I’ve needed to DO or anywhere I’ve needed to BE. As long as the air-conditioning was working and the TV remote had batteries in it, I was all set for a relaxing summer holiday.
    But then, out of the blue, this happened.

    Grammatical terms:
    Punctuation: ‘,.-
    Contractions: there’s, I’ve, it’s
    Embedded clauses: But then, out of the blue, this happened.
    Connectives: since, or, as, but
    Articles: a
    Nouns: school, air-conditioning, TV remote, batteries
    Verbs: let, control, learned, being, working, set, happened, had
    Adjectives: own, relaxing, needed

  4. The tree was unharmed, but the car was a write-off Joe squeezed himself out of the cockpit. Luckily Joe was not hurt, but a little dazed and he tottered back to the house. ” Dad I crashed the car ” as he entered palatial living room.

    punctuation : ” ” , … –
    adverbs: luckily
    verbs: squeeze, tottered and dazed
    proper nouns: Dad, Joe car and house
    common nouns: living room and tree


    I saw a sign for a pizza place, and I begged Mum and Dad to let us eat there.
    But I guess Mum was trying to save money, because she came prepared.
    A half an hour later we pull into a big parking lot and I knew exactly where we were.

    We were at the Slipslide water park, where we used to go as kids.
    And I mean little kids. its really a place for people Manny’s age.

  6. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

    While he was eating, the Queen kept asking him questions. At first Edmand tried to remember that it is rude to speak with one’s mouth full, but soon he forgot about this and thought only of trying to shovel down as much Turkish Delight as he could, and the more he ate the more he wanted to eat, and he never asked himself why the Queen should be so inquisitive. She him to tell her that he had one brother and two sisters, and that one of his sisters had already been to Narnia and met a Faun there, and that no one except himself and his brother and his sisters knew anything about Narnia.

    The Grammar:
    And Though.

    . , ‘ ABC

    ‘Shovel Down’,


  7. I am reading:
    The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross

    Proper nouns-April, Tad, Markle, Horsehead Mountain, Tamaquon Valley, East Pennsylvania Coal Company,Mr Levington, Esther, Mr Jackson,

    Common nouns-window, town, river flats, houses, tower, coal, dust, valley, eye, tray, stairs, neckerchiefs, shawls, bonnets, mountain
    Collective nouns-crowd, children,

    Pronouns- he, his, she, her, him,

    Verbs-looked, look, study, crawling, crunched, spewed, caught, passed, stopped, turned, crowded, scurrying, hear, waving, laughing, staring, creeping,jumped, rented, saw, pushed,


    Adjectives-curiosity, sharp, upstairs, dirty, dreary, grimy, wooden, gritty, coloured, gaudy, garish, narrowed, strange, nearer,

    Prepositions-at the top, in, out of, of,

    Articles- a, the,

    Connectives-when, and, but,

    Contractions-didn’t, he’d, miners’, there’s,

  8. Diary of a wimpy kid the third wheel.

    Verbs: worrying,keeping, seeing,reading,begging,sleeping.

    Connectives: and, but,because, in fact, although, eventually.

    Contractions: He’d, She’d, I’m Didn’t, wasn’t.

    Nouns: belly button, sign, journal, speakers ,Gregory, Rowley, Many, Rodrick.

    Punctuation: Full stop, comma, exclamation mark, question mark, apostrophe, elipces, hython.

  9. Emerald Star:
    “oh no, Eliza, I might be tempted to tell them a story,” I said. “You had better mind your little boys, while I take your place and sew.”
    That settled her hash. I squeezed myself into the unwieldy sewing circle. It was good I had such a little behind because there was only a tiny three legged stool to sit on. It made me much smaller than all the others, but I struggled not to feel at a disadvantage.
    I could see we were sewing mourning for the whole family, but there was clearly not enough time or money for head-to-toe black dresses and suits. There was a black jacket to be stitched for Jem, now seemingly the head of the family, and chief mourner.

    Proper nouns: Jem, Rosie, Eliza.
    Common nouns: tiny three legged stool, black dresses and suits, black jacket,
    Adjectives: Tiny, black, unwieldy, struggled, smaller, squeezed, settled.

  10. Alex wondered if Skoda had some sort of business on the site. He seemed to be heading to the entrance. But then he turned off. Alex watched him, puzzled.

    Proper nouns Alex Skoda

    Common nouns business site

    Adverbs N/A

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