Day 1 Teaching
Share Let’s Celebrate poetry collection and read Carnival with expression and intonation. Discuss how using expression and intonation enhances the performance of a poem.
In groups, children discuss then learn a selected section of the poem for performance. They rehearse and memorise their section, concentrating on preparing an engaging performance.
Day 2 Teaching
Make a list on the flip chart of festivals the children celebrate in their own homes. Reread Carnival and revise key terms: line, stanza, refrain, rhythm and rhyme using the mix and match glossary cards.
In groups children use the discussion prompts to guide discussion of a festival poem, using poetry terms and discussing techniques.
Day 3 Teaching
Read Diwali, pointing out that it is an acrostic poem. Discuss what the poem tells us about Diwali and how the language of the poem suggest this is an important and exciting festival. Highlight key words, phrases and features.
Children read and discuss a celebration or festival poem of relevance to them. They identify and annotate features from their poem that show the festival or celebration is exciting.
Day 4 Teaching
Reread Diwali. Share Harvest and Harvest Festival. With the class, prepare for writing an acrostic poem about the harvest festival by creating a bank of words starting with h/a/r/v/e/s/t. Model writing your Harvest acrostic poem.
Children focus on the celebration/festival that they read about on Day 3. They write the word out and brainstorm a bank of words associated with that festival and starting with the letters which spell the name. Children individually write a poem.