Real Writing Year 5 - Unit 15
Model text: Water Cycle Haiku by Joshua Seigal
Curriculum links: Geography (the water cycle)
This writing unit for Year 5 is built around an original model text by Joshua Seigal; a beautiful haiku about the water cycle. 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 learn how to write a haiku and how they are used to create a description of a moment or event in the natural world. They will explore the language and poetic devices used by Joshua Seigal in his haiku, eventually using it as a model to write their own poems.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lesson plans are included for Year 5 English objectives:
1. Vocabulary: To select appropriate… vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change an enhance meaning (exploring synonyms)
Pupils will: Revisit what is meant by a synonym; explore how synonym choices can enhance meaning; consider ‘shades of meaning’; organise synonyms according to strength; use synonym scales; write a poem using well-chosen vocabulary.
2. Composition: To explore figurative language choices used by writers - personification
Pupils will: Understand and identify the use of personification in writing; write descriptions using personification; peer assess their classmates’ use of personification.
- Using expanded noun phrases
- Using the present tense
Year 5 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: accidentally, possessions, weight, group, reminder, surprise
Tier 2 words: bond, drift, droplet, release, poised
Tier 3 words: liquid, vapour, cloud, particles, evaporation, precipitation, condensation, transpiration, solid, gas, evaporate, condense