Lesson 1 - LI: To identify themes in a poem and practise a performance.
1. Read the poem: I am a writer
• Read the poem, ‘I am a writer’. Read it in your head first and then try reading it out loud. What rhythms and patterns can you hear when you read it aloud?
• Choose your favourite three images from the poem. Why do you like these images in particular?
2. Reflect on the poem
• Read the Reflection Prompts and think about your answers for each.
• Write a reflection on the poem, by writing some of your answers as sentences.
3. Prepare a performance
• Watch the poet Joseph Coelho talk about how to perform a poem.
This is really brilliant – you may want to watch it more than once!
• Make notes about Joseph Coelho’s tips.
• Practise a performance of ‘I am a writer’
Now read the poem to someone else in your home. Try to use expression to make your poem engaging.
Lesson 2 – To use expanded noun phrases within a poem.
1. Read the poem ‘Golden Time’
• ‘Golden Time’ is another poem by Joseph Coelho. Read it in your head first and then read it out loud.
• Use the Reflection Prompts to help you think about the poem.
Read the questions and think about your answers to each one.
2. Revise Noun Phrases
• Use the Revision Card to remind you about Noun Phrases.
• Read the poem, ‘Red Ruby Rings’.
• Complete Expanded Noun Phrases, spotting and writing how nouns in the poem have been expanded.
When you have finished show what you have found to a grown-up. Show them where in the poem you found the expanded noun phrases and show them the head noun in each one.
3. Prepare a performance of one of the poems.
• Read Preparing to Perform. If you didn’t watch it yesterday, watch
It is really amazing!
• Choose either of the poems and practise a performance of it.
Can you learn any lines off-by-heart?
Lesson 3 – To draft a poem including expanded noun phrases.
1. Make up some noun-phrases about a favourite place
• Think of a place that you love to be. It can be indoors or outdoors. Write it in the middle of a sheet of paper.
• Try to think of six or more things that this place is for you. Why is it special? Look at Bedroom Example for ideas.
• Write each of your images as a descriptive expanded noun phrase.
2. Make notes about playing with words
• Watch a video of Joseph Coelho explaining about playing with words.
• Make notes about some of his ideas. They will be useful to you when you are writing your poem.
3. Now for some writing
• Follow the stages on Developing a Poem.
• When you have a poem, write it out carefully.
Lesson 4 – LI: To write a balanced argument.
Read the Newspaper Article: Pupils Protest Over New Uniform Rules.
• Write notes about the article, to answer the questions Who, When, Where, What and Why.
2. Revise using commas to separate clauses or phrases
• Use the Revision Card to remind you about using commas to separate phrase and clauses.
• Complete For and Against School Uniform 1 and 2, practising using commas to separate phrase or clauses.
3. Now for some writing
• Read the Writing Brief and try writing two paragraphs: one to argue for school uniform and one to argue against it.
Lesson 5 – LI: To use commas appropriately in an argument.
1. Read ‘Uniform Examples’
• Read about the three different school uniforms.
• Which of these uniforms would you prefer to wear? Why?
2. Revise Commas in Lists
• Use the Revision Card to remind you about using commas to separate items in lists.
• Complete Commas in Lists, practising separating items using commas.
3. Now for some writing.
• Read the Writing Brief.
• Imagine and write about a school uniform that you have designed.
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