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Writing a blurb at KS2

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Jessica Borges Vaz

on 28 March 2014

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Writing a blurb
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Talk to your partner
What is a blurb?
The blurb is the writing on the back of a book.
It entices the reader to read a book by promising twists and turns but without giving away the ending!
It makes you desperate to know what happens next!

How to write a brilliant blurb!

1. Short in length and attention-grabbing!
2. Use ellipsis (…) to create the "What happens next?" moment!
3. Uses persuasion and description.
4. Use exclamation marks and question marks.
5. Put a recommendation.
Listen to writer Malorie Blackman
talking about how she creates tension
in her writing
Now try creating suspenseful sentences with the following tense sentence openers

Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye ...
My heart pounding in my chest, I thought I could hear ...
As the vast door of the Alien craft opened, I could feel ...
“There was a roar coming from the bushes… Jamie felt hot dino-breath on his cheek!”

Another fantastic story that will keep you hooked to the very end! Each page is packed with nail-biting suspense!

Jamie and Tom have stumbled on a way to travel back in time to the time of the dinosaurs! But when they lose their way in the middle of the Jurassic jungle things take a turn for the worse…will they ever make it back home?

“ A rip roaring read!” – Aysha aged 14

Quote from book.

4. Is there something hidden in the darkness? Can you keep your reader guessing about what is there ...

5. Use powerful verbs like crept, whispered, raced ...
Take a moment to consider this scene. Create a suspenseful paragraph with your table group using some of the techniques we have talked about so far.
- short sentences
- ellipsis
- simile and metaphor
You are going to listen to a piece of music.
Try to create a suspenseful tale in your mind using
everything you have learned.
Short sentences to create tension. "Hearts pounded. Heads ached. Time ticked"
Use ellipsis to create a page-turning "What happens next?"
Similes and metaphors
Dark shadows. What is lurking, hidden? What strange sound was that?
Powerful verbs
Use all your senses.
Music used in WMM video composed by K MacLeod at http://incompetech.com (Constancy Part 2)
Moving Image used in WMM video from www.dreamscene.org

What hidden sounds can the crew of the space rocket hear?
How is the creature moving?
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