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Humorous Poems - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Writing poetry allows pupils to explore and develop their use of language. Using this KS2 poems resource pack, pupils can embrace fun and silliness by writing their own humorous poems using the resources in the poetry pack, and a range of poetic techniques. Pupils will have the opportunity to write a funny poem using a model text, showing WAGOLL (what a good one looks like), to help them structure their writing; but will let their imagination run wild!

The resources are based around the theme of things you didn’t see, do, hear etc and could be adapted to a theme of your choice to link with a current topic or your class’s interests. There is an opportunity to revisit or teach the use of alliteration and personification and exploring verb choices.

What is included in this KS2 poetry resource pack?

  • Humorous poem model text: I didn’t …

This model text is a poem that uses humour to list things that the author didn’t do.

  • Humorous poem writing sheet

This contains success criteria for writing a humorous poem including choosing suitable verbs and the use of personification and alliteration in KS2.

  • Humorous poem planning sheet

This worksheet allows pupils to note ideas for their poem. You may wish to explore verb choices, including using a thesaurus to widen pupils’ vocabulary and collect ideas for humorous things that they didn’t do before pupils record their own ideas for a poem on their plan.

  • Writing scaffold

A worksheet that includes sentence starts for each line to the poem to support writing if needed.

  • Themed writing paper

The writing paper can be used for pupils to present their work.

What is alliteration?

Alliteration occurs when different words that start with the same sound are used together.

Alliteration examples

  • Plump pillow
  • Heavy hammer
  • Tasty toffee
  • Slippery slide

What is personification?

Personification is a figure of speech where you apply human or natural characteristics to objects. Or alternatively, where you say someone or thing is the embodiment of an abstract concept (such as describing someone as ‘the personification of evil’.

Personification examples

  • The painting glared back at me.
  • The vines were choking the life out of the house.
  • The heat followed us everywhere.
  • The time flew by.
  • The moon and stars were smiling down at us.

National Curriculum English programme of study links:

Year 3/4

  • Pupils should recognise some different forms of poetry.
  • Pupils should plan their writing by discussing similar writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.

Year 5 /6

  • Pupils should discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader.
  • Pupils should draft and write by selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.

  • Humorous poem model text: I didn’t …
  • Humorous poem writing sheet
  • Writing scaffold
  • Humorous poem planning sheet
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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