Explain that the class will rewrite this so that it sounds as if they were explaining the story to a friend.
Point out that a chatty style will typically use:
A suggested chattier version is below:
- apostrophes for contractions and omissions eg: they're really sorry an' that
- exclamation marks eg: you'll never believe this!
11-year-old car thief punished
An 11-year-old kid monickered as Britain's worst car thief has been dished out a three year supervision order!
The kid, nicknamed the "one-boy crimewave", said he did more than 20 car crimes, but the police reckon he did loads more.
He's been to court 155 times!
If he was just three days older and had been 12, he would have been chucked in the slammer!
Though we're not allowed to say who he is he's clogged up the papers with his stealin'.
Too titchy to reach pedals
He's even been done floorin' a van at 70mph, and could only reach the pedals by perching on a headrest.
Every year over three hundred thousand motors are pinched. Many of them are nicked by kids - not old enough to have a licence and too young to be banged up.
Children rewrite the story