Jabberwocky - Making sense of nonsense (Distance Learning)

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This PowerPoint lesson takes the children through the first verse of the poem ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll and gives them a strategy for turning this nonsensical poem into one that makes sense - almost!

The children have practice in recognising nouns, adjectives and verbs and in using the dictionary to find suitable replacement words.

Please watch the video preview (full screen) for more idea of how the PowerPoint lesson is laid out,

The teachers’ notes give background information to the creation of the poem and in particular, Lewis Carroll’s use of ‘portmanteau words’. They also have several suggestions for further activities.

Also included in the teachers' notes PDF is the full text of the poem 'Jabberwocky' which the children can use either individually, in pairs or in small groups to work on their own 'rewrites'.

There is also an extract from 'Alice Through The Looking Glass and What She Saw There' where Humpty Dumpty explains the first verse of the poem to Alice. According to him, he can - “… explain all the poems that ever were invented - and a good many that haven’t been invented just yet.”

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