Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Year 5 Prose: The 'Bracketing' Comma #1

Isn't Lionel Messi, Barcelona FC's Argentine football genius, brilliant? He is the best dribbler in the world. A wiggle of his hips - and he's away!

The subordinate clause is like the Messi wiggle - it is the little 'wiggle' that sends the sentence in a different direction, if only for a moment. Subordinate clauses make your writing more interesting!

Task: Write a six-line paragraph about party. Include a 'Messi wiggle' (an embedded clause) in every sentence, e.g.

Aunt Sally, aged fifty, decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my Uncle William. My Uncle, known to his friends as Bill, looked shocked when he walked into the room! The party, which must have cost thousands of pounds, was a complete success! My Mum, aged fifty-two, said it was the best party she had ever attended!

Feeling clever? Include a bracket, too!

P.S. Download another copy of our first 'Messi Wiggle' task from my box at box.net.

P.P.S. Don't forget it is the poetry competition on Monday morning!

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