Package 1-3: Personification – Part 3

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 3 - Year 5 & 6 English - Personification - Part 3

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

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Personification part 3 video

Personification Part 3 PowerPoint presentation - printed.

Activity sheet 1

Activity sheet 2

Paper

Pencil or pen

Highlighter

(underline or coloured pencil)

Before your child starts

This lesson is the third 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:

  • find personification in poetry
  • recognise structural elements of a poem
  • create personification poetry with a specific structure.

What your child can do next

Your child will be creating personification poetry.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Have your child complete 1-2 stanzas. Have them say the sentence aloud to count the syllables.

Your child might create a poem from a different point of view, for example, as if they were the sun writing the poem.

Extension/Additional activity

Have your child record themselves saying their poem aloud.

Activity sheet 1: The sky is low

Task:

  1. What do you think this poem is about?
  1. Circle any words you are unsure of their meaning.
  1. Highlight any examples of personification.

The sky is low

By Emily Dickenson

The sky is low, the clouds are mean,
A travelling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it will go.

A narrow wind complains all day
How someone treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.

Activity sheet 2: PMI

Task:

  1. What are the positives or things you like about your poem?
  2. What did you find challenging?
  3. What were some interesting things that you found?
Positives Minuses Interesting
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