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Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 22: ‘Dreams of Escape’ (Poetry; Science - changing states)

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Real Writing Year 4 - Unit 22
Model text: Dreams of Escape, by Joshua Seigal
Curriculum links: Science (changing state)

Unit overview
This two-week writing unit for Year 4 is built around an original model text by Joshua Seigal; a delightful poem describing changes of state as water is heated and cooled. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.

Through a series of scaffolded activities, pupils will explore the poet’s use of figurative language, ultimately creating their own poem describing how water changes state through heating and cooling. This unit could be used within a science topic on water or states of matter.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following LKS2 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. Vocabulary: To use adjectives to modify nouns

Pupils will: use adjectives to describe an image; write a descriptive paragraph or poem using adjectives to describe

2. Composition: To investigate how figurative language is used in poetry

Pupils will: identify examples of personification and metaphors used in an example poem; write their own descriptive paragraphs or poems using personification

Revisited skills

  • Identifying adjectives
  • Prepositions
  • The use of comparatives
  • Question marks
  • Apostrophes to show singular possession

Additional year 4 curriculum teaching points

  • Organising paragraphs (or stanzas) around a theme
  • Choosing appropriate nouns or pronouns

Year 4 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: breath, certain experiment
Tier 2 words: alter, constant
Tier 3 words: gas, liquid, matter, particle, solid, state, vapour

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