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Week 4 (Narrative Travel Story)

The Boy Who Biked the World - Part Two: Riding the Americas

This week we will be reading a chapter from this book that I mentioned in Geography.

We will learn the following:

  • check your understanding and comprehension
  • summarise by identifying key words and phrases
  • identify key language for this genre
  • plan a piece of writing using key words and phrases
  • plan and practice three different sentence types
  • plan and practice different subordinate clauses
  • independently write a short travel story


We will share our ideas in Google Classrooms.


Let's go travelling!



Wednesday 27 January 2021

L.O. To plan an opening to a travel story


Using the chapter extract we have read this week as inspiration, we will write our own version on Friday and write a plan for our story today. 

Today we will use the planning template below to note down our own ideas for an opening to a travel story.

We we will need to use our own personal knowledge of the geography of South America, and North America, to write something that is factually correct.

You may need to do a little bit more research to check your facts.

The important thing to remember is that we will not copy the ideas from the story we have read so far.

I will go through the plan in more detail in our Google Classroom session at 9:15.


Tuesday 26 January 2021

L.O. Identify key features of a travel story


If we are to plan and write a travel story we must identify what makes a travel story a travel story!

Today we will take a closer look at the extract we read yesterday and investigate the features and language of a travel story.

In your summary yesterday you will have noted that we found out the following:

  • the adventure - where Tom has come from and where he's going
  • the character of Tom - it was implied that he was brave and adventurous
  • the adventure of the journey - emphasised by the use of a boat and a bicycle
  • the setting of his arrival - we find out all about Patagonia and what the terrain is like where he begins his journey to Alaska


Please look at the text again and, using the headings above, identify some key words and phrases from the text, that we could use in our own story. For example:

The adventurekilometres, around the globe

The charactersuperhero, normal boy

The journeydestination, cycle, long way

The settingmountain range, pebble beach


In your books, please use the headings above and find as many key words and phrases from the text and add to the above.

Challenge: think of your own words and phrases that you imagine you could use in travel story opening set in South America. (Hint: use some of your knowledge of South America from Geography). Add them to the headings but use a different colour pen or use a pencil.


Please submit your work on the Blog or by email.



Monday 25 January 2021

L.O. To summarise a text by identifying key events


Read the pages below (and/or listen to me reading it below), from Chapter 2 of the book, and summarise in two sentences.


Then answer these questions:

  1. Where was the end of the next part of Tom's journey?
  2. How long had Tom been sailing for?
  3. What sea had Tom travelled across from Africa?
  4. What was the name of the ship's captain?
  5. How did Tom feel about the next part of the journey? Prove your answer with words from the text.
  6. What is the name for the land at the bottom of South America?
  7. Which two countries does it cross?
  8. What was the weather like when Tom stops for lunch?
  9. What do you think Tom is thinking when he is looking out to sea?
  10. How would you describe Tom's character based on what you have read so far?

Mr Martin reading Chapter 2

Chapter 2 (pages 20-23)

Chapter 2 (pages 20-23) PDF

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