Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 23
Volcano Poem, by Joshua Seigal
Curriculum links: Geography (volcanoes)
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Joshua Seigal - a poem written from the point of view of a volcano. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.
In this two-week unit, pupils will have an opportunity to learn some vocabulary connected with volcanoes. They will look at the etymology and morphology of words, and consider some of the structural features of poetry. It will culminate in them writing their own poem about a volcano that follows the same structure as the model text.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lesson plans are included for Year 3 English objectives:
1. Vocabulary - To explore the etymology and morphology of words
Pupils will: understand the meaning of the terms etymology and morphology; look at the roots and origins of words; sort words into families; write sentences with words that share a root.
2. Composition - To identify structural features of a poem
Pupils will: analyse the poem ‘Volcano’, by Joshua Seigal, looking at structure, rhymes, grammar and word choices; explore the use of figurative language, including similes, metaphors and personification; match poetic device terms with their definitions; write a limerick.
- the use of superlative adjectives
- expanded noun phrases
- commas for lists, including lists of adjectives
Additional year 3 curriculum teaching points
- extending sentences with a wider range of conjunctions
- the use of conjunctions, adverbials and prepositions, including prepositional phrases
- There is also the opportunity to promote the use of figurative language
Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Tier two words: perch, vicious, yearn
Tier three words: ash, crater, dormant, lava, magma, mantle, volcano
Year 3 spellings: height, pressure, surprise, build