I’ve written before about our Weekly Writing Challenges here which were inspired by Chris Curits (@Xris32). We love them so much that we now have year 10 doing them and we’re seeing a real improvement in the quality of our students’ written responses.
I thought I’d share this year’s Weekly Writing Challenges for year 7-10 which include a retrieval practice starter which tests students on the ambitious vocabulary they learn as part of their homework. Feel free to use or adapt. Google Drive folder here.
Week One: Describe this room from the perspective of a bee.
Week Two: Budget cuts mean one subject must be cut from the curriculum: pick a subject and write a letter to the minister for education arguing why it should or shouldn’t be cut.
Week Three: Miss Scarlet murdered Mr Black in the library with poisoned ink. Write the final scene of a detective story where this crime is explained.
Week Four: Write an essay on the title: My biggest fear
Week Five: He was timid and moved with caution. Continue describing this character.
Week Six: What is the most important colour in the world and why? Write a persuasive speech.
Week Seven: Write the opening of a story that begins with this sentence: Last Friday began like any other day.
Week Eight: Write the text for a leaflet persuading people to visit Marwell Zoo to see their new animal.
Week Nine: Write a description as suggested by this image.
Week Ten: ‘Spiders are our friends – if left alone, they will consume most of the insects in our homes’. Write a newspaper article arguing for or against this statement.
Week Eleven: Write a story that begins and ends with this sentence: Looking back, I didn’t mean to do it.
Week Twelve: Write a letter to a family member advising them on how to use social media effectively.
Week Thirteen: Write a description from the perspective of an aquatic creature inside an aquarium.
Week Fourteen: Write an essay for the following title: Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year.
Week Fifteen: Write a description as suggested by this image.
Week Sixteen: Write a short story in which a magician, a clown and a mime artist are trapped in a lift together.
Week Seventeen: Write a speech persuading parents that homework should be scrapped.
Week Eighteen: Write a description as suggested by this image.
Week Nineteen: Write a leaflet giving advice to teenagers about staying safe on the internet.
Week Twenty: Write a short story entitle ‘The arrival’.
Week Twenty-One: Write an article arguing for or against this statement.
Week Twenty-Two: Write a description as suggested by this image.
Week Twenty-Three: The most important play/novel/author to study in English is… Write this essay.
Week Twenty-Four: Describe a street at 6am, 3pm and 9pm.
Week Twenty-Five: Write the text for a leaflet persuading others to contribute to a charity of your choice.
Week Twenty-Six: Narrate an unusual day starting from the end of the day.
Week Twenty-Seven: Write a letter to a friend giving them advice about how to make up with someone they’ve fallen out with.
Week Twenty-Eight: Write a story about an unusual journey to school.
Week Twenty-Nine: Write an article for a newspaper arguing for or against this statement.
Week Thirty: Write a description as suggested by this image.
Week Thirty-One: Bringing my pet(s) to school would help me to achieve more. Write this essay.
Week Thirty-Two: Write a scary story set in a children’s soft play centre.
Week Thirty-Three: You are the manager of a sports team (any sport) and you are losing at half time. You have to deliver a speech which is good enough to motivate your team to go out and win the match.
Week Thirty-Four: Write a description from the perspective of one of these statues.
Week Thirty-Five: A cartoon character has died (you pick one). Write a speech for a school assembly commemorating them.
Week Thirty-Six: Write the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the perspective of the wolf.
Week Thirty-Seven: Write a letter to Wiltshire County Council persuading them to increase funding for activities for young people.