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Year 3 Poetry Unit 2 – Shape poetry and calligrams

Shape poetry and calligrams (2 weeks)

This unit forms the second part of the Year 3 block of work on poetry, which can be used at any point during the year. Interactive whiteboard (IWB) and word processing software are used to support children in the writing and exploration of calligrams and shape poetry. To support children's writing, word processing software is used to create and explore effects of the language and presentational features. During the teaching of this unit, whole-class collections of poetry texts could be established to support independent reading for pleasure.

Phase 1

Read and make comparisons between poems. Compose calligrams using word processors and explore the effects created.

Phase 2

Read a selection of poems on the same theme. Discuss vocabulary and capture ideas through first-hand experience. Modelled and shared composition.

Phase 3

Children compose shape poems using language effects and making decisions about form. Children work collaboratively to edit and re-draft poetry.

Overview

  • Read and make comparisons between poems. Compose calligrams using word processing programs and explore the effects created.
  • With the children, read a selection of poems on the same theme. Discuss vocabulary and capture ideas, for example through response to visual imagery, reflection on first-hand experience, etc. Through modelled and shared composition, children compose shape poems using language effects and making decisions about form. Children work collaboratively to edit and redraft poetry.

1998 Framework objectives covered:

Year 3, Term 1: T6 and T7 read aloud and recite poems, comparing different views of the same subject; discuss choice of words and phrases and describe and create impact; distinguish between rhyming and non-rhyming poetry and comment on the impact of layout; T8 express views about a poem, identifying specific words and phrases to support their viewpoint; T9 generate ideas by thought showering, word association, etc.; T13 collect suitable words and phrases, in order to write poems, design simple patterns with words, use repetitive phrases; T14 invent calligrams and range of shape poems, selecting appropriate words and careful presentation.

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