Package 1-1: Personification – Part 1

In this package your child will watch a video of a lesson about personification. The teacher will guide your child as they learn how to identify, explain and create examples of personification.

Week 2 - Package 1 - Year 5 & 6 English - Personification - Part 1

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

Personification video part 1

Personification Part 1- PowerPoint presentation - printed

Activity sheet 1

Activity sheet 2

Activity sheet 3

Paper

Pencil or pen

Before your child starts

This lesson is the first of three lessons about the literary device personification.

What are literary devices?

Literary devices are used in texts to connect with the reader and convey meaning. As your child reads they are beginning to recognise simple literary devices used by authors. Your child is also beginning to learn how to explain why the author has used the device. In narratives or stories, authors might use literary devices such as personification, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia and imagery to engage the reader and allow them to visualise the setting and characters.

What is personification?

Personification is attributing or giving human characteristics to abstractions such as love, things (for example: trees sighed and moaned in the wind) or animals (for example: the hen said to the fox ...). Personification is used by authors to engage the reader with their imagery.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about personification. The teacher will guide your child as they learn how to identify, explain and create examples of personification.

Throughout the lesson, your child will be asked to pause the video to complete an activity on the activity sheets.

By the end of the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to be able to:

  • match human characteristics with a noun

  • visualise what the noun and action will look like

  • create a sentence using the personification

  • include punctuation to make the sentence complete.

What your child can do next

Your child will be matching human characteristics with a noun and creating a sentence based on these pairs.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Work with your child to complete one simple sentence with a more obvious pair such as trees and waving.

Your child might create an extended piece of writing with more examples of personification.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might read some poetry and find some more examples of personification.

Activity sheet 1: volcano brainstorm

Learning intention:

To create a brainstorm of vocabulary to describe a volcano

Success criteria

  • 󠇄I can add technical terms.
  • 󠇄I can add sophisticated adjectives and verbs.
  • 󠇄I can use my senses to brainstorm vocabulary.
  • 󠇄I can use my background knowledge to help.
  • 󠇄I can use research to add ideas.

Volcano brainstorm:

                  Activity sheet 2: Newsflash!

                  Headline:

                  (Something short and sharp that will grab the reader)

                  Summary

                  No more than ten words.

                  Visual Representation

                  An image of what personification might look like.

                  Activity sheet 3: Personification match-up

                  To be successful I will:

                  • read the examples
                  • visualise which matches make sense
                  • draw a line from the noun to a human characteristic of my choice.
                  human characteristic noun

                  marched

                  clouds

                  stomped

                  tree branches

                  tiptoed

                  waves

                  cried

                  soil

                  laughed

                  high chair

                  punched

                  computer

                  giggled

                  console

                  slapped

                  coffee machine

                  held

                  tree roots

                  embraced

                  sand

                  growled

                  desert

                  smiled

                  forest

                  scratched

                  water

                  pinched

                  storm clouds

                  licked

                  lightening

                  danced

                  thunder

                  twirled

                  glass window

                  pirouetted

                  front door

                  skated

                  mushroom

                  frowned

                  grass

                  Activity sheet 3: Personification match-up (Modified)

                  To be successful I will:

                  • read the examples
                  • visualise which matches make sense
                  • draw a line from the noun to a human characteristic of my choice.

                  Tip: you can cut these out and attempt different matches to find one I am happy with.

                  Noun Human characteristic

                  sun

                  pinched

                  sword

                  hugged

                  jumper

                  swallowed

                  lounge

                  hid

                  dog

                  stomped

                  bag

                  cried

                  guitar

                  giggled

                  My favourite match:

                  Why do you like it the most?

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