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Explanation Texts!


THURSDAY: Story Mapping

We’ve spent the last two days getting an understanding of Explanation Texts. Now it is time to look at a slightly longer Explanation Text, the one which will be our model text for our own work. This model text explains why you don’t get dragons in Britain anymore!


Step 1 - Read our 'Year 2 Model Text' through a few times to find out why dragons are endangered.

(It is attached in a PDF below.)




Step 2 - Learn the text using pictures!

Now it’s time to map out the text using pictures. Just like we have done before, draw pictures for as much of it as you can manage. 



  • You don’t have to draw a picture for every word.
  • Try to write as few words as possible. 
  • Chose pictures that you will remember. 
  • You don’t need to be an artist to complete this task!
  • You need to chose quick and simple pictures. 


Step 3 - Learn the text using actions!

As an extra challenge, you might want to come up with some actions too to help you start memorising the text!





Moorland (noun): hilly lands with few trees. Often cold and windy, especially in winter.



Heather (noun): A type of purple flower that is very common on moors and mountain side.



A note to Mums and Dads and other home learning superstars 

The point of using these ‘model texts’ is to give the children a good example of a text, so they have a pattern to copy for their own work. This is quite a long model text so it might suit some children just to read through thoroughly and make up actions rather than worry about spending a long time creating lots of icons. Other children might enjoy the artwork. The important thing is that they get a feel for this type of writing and what it does.

As always, if you have children of different ages they could choose one of the model texts so they can work as a team with the actions, and then, if they have slightly different models texts, they could work independently for the pictures.