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9 of the Best Free Model Texts for KS2 English Lessons – from Creative Writing to Poetry and Non-Fiction

Save time scrambling about for the perfect adventure story with fronted adverbials, or a persuasive writing passage with the best hyperbole ever, we've rounded up some of the finest free examples going...

  • 9 of the Best Free Model Texts for KS2 English Lessons – from Creative Writing to Poetry and Non-Fiction

1 | Pie Corbett fiction and non-fiction

Mr Talk4Writing himself has produced a number of original stories, poems and non-fiction texts to help students model writing in primary schools.

You can find them all here on our Pie Corbett Pinterest board.

2 | Playful poetry and more

If you want another slice of Pie’s excellent resources then head on over to talk4writing.co.uk where you’ll find a range of model texts for fiction and non-fiction, like this fantastic poetry lesson.

The poem at the heart of the lesson, ‘The Cave of Curiosity’, is based on the simple idea of creating a place (cave) and linking it to an abstract idea (curiosity), and begins by playing an abstract noun game.

Otherwise, you can find loads of other model texts in the resources section here.

3 | Literacy Wagoll

Here’s a model text rabbit hole worth getting lost in. Neatly divided into fiction, non-fiction and poetry, click on any of these and you’ll be greeted with every sub-category you could wish to explore.

Fiction categories include things like myths and legends, dilemmas, historical, mystery, spooky and sci-fi, while the non-fiction section will open up instructions, diary, persuasive writing, autobiographies and biographies, non-chronological reports and more.

Just head to literacywagoll.com to find it all.

4 | Example texts

Want more example texts? What kind? Letter writing? Recounts? Information texts? Well, you’re in luck, because they’re all here.

Want a Tom Daley biography example for Year 6? It’s here. How about ‘Charlie’s Magical Chalk’, a Year 3 adventure story example? You got it. Or how about an informal letter home to mum from a daughter on a trip? That’s here too.

Click here to check out these resources and many, many more.

5 | Mobile phones in school – Persuasive writing

This exercise from Claire Tunnicliffe covers a debate that children will no doubt have an opinion on – mobile phones in schools.

The model text argues firmly against them (and comes in various lengths for differentiation) and also comes with a colour-coded version for students to identify which persuasive techniques are being used.

Click here to download this resource.

6 | Bear necessities

Something for younger writers now. This tale of Barnaby Bear’s trip through the woods and the photographs he took can be used as a model for Year 1 children to create their own tale about exploring outdoors.

Download the free PDF or Word doc here.

7 | How to wrap a present instructional writing

Step 1: Head to SparkleBox
Step 2: Click the download link

Easy as that.

This PDF resource models the instructions for wrapping a present, complete with diagrams, and each step varies in length to hopefully show when instructions can and should be kept short and simple, and when more detail is required.

You’ll find this, and other instructional writing models, here.

8 | Non-chronological reports

Here’s a free model text for how to care for a gerbil, and it’s a Word Doc too so you can easily edit it to suit your needs.

You can find this, and other classroom activities on non-chronological reports, over at primaryresources.co.uk.

Click here to download this resource.

9 | Stories and poems

Head to TT Education where you’ll find free model texts for KS1 and KS2 poetry, as well as creative fiction for years 3-5.

Year 3 get this ‘finding’ story, centred on the experiences of an anxious hedgehog.

Year 4 have this ‘character flaw’ story, centred on the experiences of a vain little girl.

And Year 5 get this descriptive horror story, giving a third-person account of a scene from Macbeth.

You’ll find all these model texts here.

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