Having trouble logging in? Some users have reported difficulties following a site update. If this includes you, please email help@plazoom.com so we can get you up and running.

Making great literacy lessons easy. Why join Plazoom?

Year 6 Model Text Resource Pack 11: ‘A River Speaks’ (Poetry; Geography - rivers)

image of Year 6 Model Text Resource Pack 11: ‘A River Speaks’ (Poetry; Geography - rivers)
Download your resource
This resource is part of our writing curriculum
Real Writing
  • Covers every objective for years 1-6
  • Over 150 high-quality model texts
  • A whole year's worth of lessons

Real Writing Year 6 - Unit 19
Model text: A River Speaks, by Joshua Seigal
Curriculum links: Geography (Rivers)

Writing Unit overview

This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by author Joshua Seigal; a delightful KS2 poem in the form of a first-person recount about a river’s journey from source to sea. 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, making cross curricular links with geography (describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including… rivers…), including the correct use of tier 3 vocabulary related to rivers. Finally, they will write their own poem, describing the journey of a river from source to sea, using a range of poetic techniques and figurative language, and thinking carefully about how they will create a vivid image for readers.

Key curriculum skills

Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following UKS2 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. Vocabulary: To spell words with endings that sound like /ʃəs/ , spelt ‘-cious’ or ‘-tious’

Pupils will: match root words to the correct suffix; use a dictionary to look up definitions; find missing words to complete sentences; compose their own sentences with given vocabulary

2. Composition: To use figurative language, using other similar writing as models for their own

Pupils will: annotate a poem identifying figurative language (KS2 metaphors, personification, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, imagery in poetry); create their own poem using figurative language

Additional skills to teach or revisit:

  • Using pronouns, noun phrases and apostrophes to show contraction and possession.

Additional year 6 curriculum teaching points:

  • Investigating the difference between formal and informal speech.
  • Correct subject and verb agreement

Year 6 vocabulary

Year 5/6 statutory spelling words: gracious, precious, ferocious(ly)

Tier 2 words: grasp, sustenance, embrace
Tier 3 words: source, meander, valley, estuary

What is a suffix?

A suffix is a group of letters that can be added to the end of a word. The suffix can change the word’s meaning. Examples of suffixes include -ing, -ed, -er, -est, -ness, -less, -ful, -ly, -ment and -ous.

What is figurative language?

Figurative language uses words and ideas to suggest meaning and creates a vivid image for the reader through imagery. Similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia and alliteration are all examples of figurative language. It is commonly used in fiction and poetry.

More from this collection

Browse by Year Group