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Today we’re going to look at a really important feature of great story writing. An advanced skill which you will all have come across in your reading, even if perhaps you haven’t studied it. The skill of foreshadowing or in KS1 we can call the skill predicting.


Foreshadowing is a skill used by the best authors to give the reader clues about what might happen, before it actually does. A writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and it helps the reader develop expectations about what’s coming up. The reader can begin to guess what might happen next. Or, even if they don’t guess, after they’ve read the end of the story they say “Oh, I get it now, the clues were all there!”


Let’s explore the term ‘foreshadowing’ a bit more… If you were walking and the sun was behind you, it would cast your shadow forward. Like in this picture: 


So, your shadow would be walking down the street before you got there! This means that someone might see your shadow before you and your shadow would give that person a clue as to what you look like. It wouldn’t be exact, just a hint of what was to come. That is where the term ‘foreshadowing’ comes from.


Today we’re going to explore some examples of foreshadowing. You will have to use your detective skills to work out what clues have been given and what they might mean.


Activity 1: Start by opening the ‘Activity One’ document and here you will find a picture to demonstrate the concept of foreshadowing/prediction.


Activity 2: Now open the ‘Activity Two’ document where you will find a paragraph that again demonstrates the concept of foreshadowing/prediction.