This fun and informative lesson helps students to understand the descriptive language techniques used by David Walliams in his descriptions of Bumfresh Towers in ‘Billionaire Boy.’ In particular, students analyse how Walliams language is used to create imagery, before designing and describing their own imaginative mansions!
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
-Completing a card-sorting activity to define and exemplify each of the descriptive devices;
- Reading and understanding extracts from a section of Billionaire Boy, in which the mansion is described;
- Identifying and analysing Walliams's use of language devices throughout the extracts;
- Writing their own language device-filled descriptions of their mansions, with support from a detailed planning template;
- Self assessing their own learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Language Analysis Worksheet (and answer sheet);
- Selected extracts - Billionaire Boy;
- Cards for Sorting Activity;
- Planning Template (Word and PDF);
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with a mixed-ability year 7 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 3 and 9 with some adaptations.
All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation.