Learning to write a précis

Year 6 have been learning to write a précis. First, they had to choose a book.

 

Then, they had to count the words! A précis is a summary and is approximately a third of the length of the original text.  Children therefore had to calculate how many words they would need to write.

Then, they were ready to have a go. Some chose to write and others chose to type.  Some chose to work on their own and others chose to work in a group.  They needed to write in their own style rather than copy the original.  A précis uses the past tense, third person and reported speech.  Some found it easier than others!