Lesson 3.mp4

Direct Instruction

The learning intention for this lesson was for the students to use precise vocabulary in their writing.

In the previous week, the students had written a short poem about an object. We had turned this into a bit of a poetry competition and I decided to reward them with 'taste poetry' in this session. These poems were very short so the students would be forced to use precise vocabulary in their writing.

Extended plan here


I thought the short structure of these poems worked really well with the vocabulary focus - the students were forced to use precise vocabulary in order to get their message across. There was some really creative ideas and it was great to see the different takes on the same concept. The students also found the task far simpler this time around, I think this was a combination of having a better understanding of the learning intention, poetry and being able to taste the object.

Things to note

This lesson took place on a Friday afternoon so I was aware that we had limited time to complete the activity. As such, I quickened the pace of the session and we had less discussion than I had with the other groups. I also spoke far more in comparison to the students to increase the pace.

Class Site Content

WALT: consider how our words, line length and rhythm affect our writing

WALT: use precise vocabulary in our writing



Discuss the look, feel, smell, sound and taste of the food. What vocabulary would best describe the food?


Create a four line poem about the food using this vocabulary


Share your poetry with the group and on your blogs


Presentation Template

Copy of Poetic Phrasing

Word Wall

What makes a poem?

Learner Generated Content


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