This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand the language features used by Michael Morpugo to depict the horrors of war in Private Peaceful. In particular, students analyse the effectiveness of his similes, metaphors and personification (amongst other devices) before creating their own descriptive device-filled writing!
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Defining and exemplifying range of different descriptive techniques;
- Identifying the descriptive language techniques in use in an extract from Private Peaceful (the section in which Tommo and his comrades are gassed);
- Analysing the effectiveness of Morpugo's descriptive language, considering the effect on the reader;
- Creating their own descriptive passages, using each of the descriptive language devices effectively;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts;
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Cards for the card-sorting activity;
- Descriptive language essay template;
- Extract from Private Peaceful;
- Writing to describe helpsheet;
- 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 year 7 and 8 classes, however colleagues have used them for between years 3 and 9 with minimal adaptations.
Please note that students will need internet or library access to complete the research introduction task.
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