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LKS2 Poems: ‘The Eagle’ Resources Pack – Comprehension, Vocabulary, Composition

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This poetry pack, based around the classic poem ‘The Eagle’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, contains lesson ideas that could be completed over a series of five sessions for Year 3 and Year 4.

Pupils will explore the author’s use of language, including figurative language, and how this is used to describe. They will identify examples of adjectives, personification, alliteration and similes on worksheets of the poem and discuss how these create imagery in a poem.

They will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the poem by completing comprehension activities and, finally, create their own poems.

The five lessons in this KS2 poems resource pack:

  • Lesson 1: exploring the poem
    Pupils will read the poem and explore Tennyson’s use of descriptive language and its structure.
  • Lesson 2: performing the poem
    Pupils will rehearse a performance of the poem.
  • Lesson 3: comprehension
    The comprehension questions can be answered through discussion as a class or as a written task.
  • Lesson 4: describing animals
    Pupils will practise describing an animal using figurative language, collecting ideas before writing their final poems.
  • Lesson 5: writing poems
    Using ‘The Eagle’ as inspiration, pupils will have the opportunity to write their own poems describing other animals.

What is figurative language?

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

What is personification?

This is a figure of speech where you apply human or natural characteristics to objects.

Personification examples

  • The painting glared back at me.
  • The vines were choking the life out of the house.
  • The moon and stars were smiling down at us.

What is a simile?

A simile is a figure of speech used to compare one thing to another using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.

Simile examples

  • His room was like a pigsty
  • This house is as old as the hills
  • As fast as lightning

What is alliteration?

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

Alliteration KS2 examples

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

National Curriculum programme of study links

Year 3 / 4

Reading – Comprehension

  • Pupils should prepare poems to read aloud and perform, showing understanding though intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Pupils should discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Pupils will recognise different forms of poetry (classic, rhyming)
  • pupils understand what they read by: checking the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context; drawing inferences; predicting what might happen from details stated and implied; identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning

Writing – Composition

  • Pupils will plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • Pupils will draft and write by composing sentences orally, progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary

  • Teacher notes
  • PowerPoint
  • Exploring the Poem worksheet
  • Comprehension questions (and answer sheet)
  • Animal image cards
  • Collecting ideas worksheet
  • Themed writing paper
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