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Minibeast Poems

 

What ‘super authors’ we have in Year 1. Your ‘Superworm’ stories were amazing and we enjoyed reading every one of them. We think you love that story just as much as we do.

 

This week we are going to look at becoming Poets. Poetry is a different style of writing to story writing. A poet carefully chooses and arranges words for their meaning, sound, and rhythm. Nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill are poems set to music. Listen to these poems about minibeasts and think carefully about the describing words they use and their clever use of rhythm and rhymes.

Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreas and David Wojtowycz

Did you notice the words that were used to describe the fly? ….’eyes big and orange’ … ‘body black and fuzzy’  and did you picture the dragonflies wings when they were described …’like shimmering rainbows’.

As you can see, poems don’t need to be long but you do need to choose each word carefully.

Here are some language strategies that poets use to make their poems interesting and exciting. Maybe you could think about including some in your poem.

 

Rhymes

Words that rhyme have similar sounds such as frog and log, bee and he, worm and squirm.

 

Alliteration

Alliteration is using words that start with the same letter. For example, ‘creeping caterpillar’ or ‘wiggly worm’. Watch this short video if you would like some other examples.

Metaphors and Similes

A metaphor is a word or phrase used to describe something as if it was something else.

For example, Jess is a star. We know Jess isn’t really a star but we are using a metaphor to explain how clever she is.

A simile describes something like something else.

For example, ‘he is as brave as a lion’ or ‘she is as smiley as the sun’. A simile was used to describe the dragonflies wings …’like shimmering rainbows’.

Parents ... please don’t feel overwhelmed by the terminology we have used, although some children often like to use new words to sound grown up. It is the concept and use of language that we are looking to developed.

 

Now you know some strategies that poets use, we want you to think about writing your own poem. First of all you need to choose a minibeast and it might be a good idea to choose one you know lots about.

Make a list of all the words you can think of to describe your minibeast such as,

What do they look like?

What do they eat?

How do they move?

Where do they live?

 

Here is a Minibeast Word Describing mat to help you.

Minibeast Word Mat

The style of poem we are going to write is called an Acrostic Poem whereby you spell the name of your minibeast down the page and begin each line of your poem with that letter like this ….

Spiders are super and sneaky

Perhaps they are hiding near you.

In places as dark as the night or even

Down in Dad’s shoe.

Every spider is special but

Run hairy spider, we’re coming after you.

 

Now it is time to log onto Purple Mash where there is a 2Do for you to write your own acrostic poem on.

We wonder which minibeast you will choose to write about …

Well done our Year 1 Poets!

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