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Using imagery - poems - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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This pack contains a number of resources to support pupils when using imagery in poetry. Model poems are included to explore how imagery can be used to create a vivid description for the reader using the senses. The model poems can also be used to explore different figurative language techniques that create imagery for the reader.

The poems could be used as part of a series of English lessons. The pupils’ final writing task is to write their own poems using imagery, using the images provided (linked to theme of journeys) as inspiration. Alternatively, pupils could write a poem linked to your current topic, providing an opportunity for cross-curricular creative writing.

What is included in this imagery in poetry KS2 resource?

  • Model text: The Pathway - this model text is a poem about someone following an unknown path
  • Model text: In Flight - this model text is a description of geese flying
  • Using imagery in poetry writing sheet - this contains success criteria for writing a poem that uses imagery with examples of figurative language that was used in the model poems; discuss with the pupils how neither model uses ALL of these features, but that they are all in a toolbox to be used when writing
  • Using imagery planning sheet - this worksheet allows pupils to note ideas for a poem, organising their ideas before writing
  • Images to inspire - a set of PDF images to inspire writing around the theme of journeys
  • Themed writing paper - the writing paper can be used for pupils to present their work
  • Teacher notes - guidance on how the resource could be used within the classroom

What is imagery?

Imagery is used when writing a vivid description that appeals to a reader’s imagination using all of the senses. It helps the reader to create an image of sights, sounds, smells, tastes being described, as well as touch, a sense of motion and emotions felt in the writing. It can be used in poetry and narrative writing.

What are some examples of figurative language techniques?

A range of different figurative language techniques can be used to create imagery. These include metaphors, similes, personification, alliteration and onomatopoeia.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Year 3/4 Composition
Pupils should be taught to:

  • plan their writing by discussing and recording ideas
  • draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally ...

Year 5/6 Composition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • plan their writing by noting and developing initial ideas ...
  • select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning
  • evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing

  • Model text: The Pathway
  • Model text: In Flight
  • Using imagery in poetry writing sheet
  • Using imagery planning sheet
  • Images to inspire
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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