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BBC Winter Olympics trailer into poetry
I am the dreadful menace.
The one whose will is done.
The haunting chill upon your neck.
I am the conundrum.
I will summon armies.
Of wind and rain and snow.
I made the black cloud overhead.
The ice, like glass below.
Not you, nor any other.
Can fathom what is nigh.
I will tell you when to jump.
And I’ll dictate how high.
The ones that came before you.
Stood strong and tall and brave.
But I stole their dreams away.
Those dreams could not be saved.
But now you stand before me.
Devoid of all dismay.
Could it be? Just maybe.
I’ll let you have your day.
I would begin by playing the film without sound and stopping it at 53 seconds (before the humans appear)
Develop some rich description using powerful verbs and adjectives.
Develop this through up levelling the vocabulary before creating similes and metaphors.
Share the poem with the children and allow them to read.
Discuss how the poet create mood and atmosphere through language picking out words such as chill, dreadful, haunting etc
Discuss with the children 'who is speaking?' Is it the mountain or is it the 'presence' that creates the weather.
Create some personification poems based on other natural features such as: Mountains, rivers, deserts, lakes and icebergs.
More ideas at Mr Shaun Hopper's Fabtastic Writing Blog @shaunh0pper
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This is Harry. His parents have recently found out that their gorgeous son Harry has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease that will utimately cut his life short and they are not willing to accept that. This affects boys and is found in 1 in 3,500 children.
A cure is on the horizon but more money is needed to fund such projects such as exon skipping and stem cell research.
At the moment what Harry will benefit most from is swimming to strengthen his muscles.
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As a practising classroom teacher, I constantly seek new and interesting ways to utilise the iPad to enhance teaching and learning across the whole curriculum.
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