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Wishing Stories!


Today we are going to start planning our own Wishing Story.


Today's task is to choose which ‘job’ the main character has put off doing. (In our model text, the main character put off cleaning the floor in their bedroom. )This job will be what effects the main character's wish and all the craziness that comes after.


Lets look at a boxing up grid of a Wishing Story to see how our planning will work.



Our goal today is to come up with a boring activity and then the crazy way the wish goes wrong!


Step 1: Pick a job…

Here is a list I came up with off the top of my head:

  • Mopping
  • Washing the dishes
  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping
  • Homework
  • Cleaning your pets or their things
  • Tidying your bedroom
  • Packing your bags
  • Hanging up your clothes
  • Making your bed
  • Cooking dinner
  • Laying the table
  • Emptying the dishwasher
  • Dusting
  • Polishing


Try and choose one (or think of one!) that you find boring or hate doing; that way when you’re writing, and it’s about your house, it will seem more realistic!


Step 2: Come up with a crazy way for it to go wrong!

As we said earlier, this is about the wish being used wrong and the magic going haywire - what is going to happen in reaction?


There are some YouTube clips below to check out for some ideas - remember as always to check with a grown up whether you can watch these clips.


Check out these two videos which are excellent examples of magic getting out of control…


When Harry Potter got given a task he didn’t want to do and he couldn’t control his magic, things went wrong too…


I think someone put too many bubbles in the washing machine:


What if the dust came to life whilst you were hoovering?!


Don’t forget to think about how it can be fixed too!


Step 3: Come up with a crazy way for it to go wrong!

Using the Planning Worksheet below, make notes for A, B and C . You don’t need to write anything long today, just a reminder to help you next week. I’ve included tiny grey boxes to remind you where the other paragraphs in your story will fit in, but you don’t need to fill them in today! 


It may seem strange planning the end of a story before you’ve planned parts of the beginning, but we will fill in the rest of our plans next week ready to write up an amazing story.


I've attached our model text below in case you want to re-read it to give you help with your ideas.