This engaging and informative lesson helps students to identify and analyse the descriptive language techniques used by David Almond to describe the derelict garage in Skellig, before creating their own descriptive language techniques to describe an old and run-down setting.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Defining and exemplifying the key descriptive techniques through a group activity;
- Reading and comprehending an extract from Skellig, in which Michael's old and run-down garage is described;
- Identifying the descriptive techniques within the extract and analysing their effectiveness;
- Learning how to create effective and imaginative adjectives, verbs, similes, metaphors, and personification;
- Creating their own device-filled descriptions of an old and decrepit place;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts;
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Word Bank template (pdf and word);
- Selected extract - Skellig - Michael's Garage;
- 'Create Your Own Personification' worksheet (pdf and word);
- Cards for the card-sorting activity;
- 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 year 7 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 4 and 9 with minimal adaptations.
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