We have been reading Fantastic Mr Fox by the brilliant Roald Dahl in class this week. The children are loving the story of the clever fox who outwits the nasty farmers. Final chapters on Monday!
Here are some of the short character descriptions they wrote.
Mr Fox is the best dad you can imagine. Mr Fox is brave. He thinks more about his children than himself and he never gives up. By David
Mr Fox is the best dad in the whole world and the nicest fox you can ever imagine. His children think he’s the bravest dad ever. He’s lovely. By Olympia
Mr Fox is one of the most kind and caring foxes you have probably ever met in your entire life. He is also clever and smart when he thinks of bright ideas to save his family. He cares more about his family than he cares about himself. His children think he is the best daddy in the world. By Sophie
Mr Fox was one of the kindest and most clever foxes you could ever imagine! He was so fantastic and caring that everyone wanted to be his friend, except the farmers. Mr Fox encouraged everyone. That’s why they called him… Fantastic Mr Fox. Mr Fox always has fantastic ideas. That was another reason why they called him Fantastic. By Charlie.
We also practised writing correctly punctuated direct speech by imagining short dialogues between two of the characters in Fantastic Mr Fox. The four main rules we need to remember are:
- Speech marks around what is said
- New speaker, new line
- Speech always begins with a capital letter
- Piece of punctuation before the final speech marks
Here’s Zac’s dialogue:
“Badger,” said Mr Fox, “can you imagine eating all this food!”
“No,” replied Badger, “but do you feel sorry in any way?”
“No,” said Mr Fox. “Well do you think anyone in the world wouldn’t steal some food if their family were starving to death?” replied Mr Fox.
“I didn’t really think that through,” answered Badger.
“Hello Mrs Fox. What do you want for dinner?” said Mr Fox.
“Three fat chickens and two thick geese!” exclaimed Mrs Fox.
“Of course, my dear,” replied Mr Fox.
“Thank you,” said Mrs Fox.
“Well, let’s celebrate!” shouted Mr Fox.
And from Baran:
What is the hardest thing to remember about writing direct speech? Why?
Why is it a good idea to include some dialogue in our story writing?
Which word clues tell you how a character is talking?