Package 2-5: Poem – The Sea – Part 2

In this package your child will watch a video of a lesson comparing two poems and will complete a series of activities to develop their comprehension and writing abilities.

Week 3 - Package 5 - Year 5 & 6 English/literacy - The Sea by Paula Stevenson - Part 2

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


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Before your child starts

This lesson focuses on comparing and contrasting Paula Stevenson’s poem The Sea with The Sea by John Banville.

Your child will need a dictionary and a thesaurus, or can use an online version.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson comparing the texts and will complete a series of activities to develop their comprehension and writing abilities. The teacher will guide your child as they apply prior learning to new contexts.

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:

  • Compare and contrast two different texts about the sea.
  • Identify the author’s perspective in each text.
  • Write using vocabulary to convey a perspective.

What your child can do next

Your child will be analysing texts, using their vocabulary knowledge to identify perspectives and include new vocabulary in their writing.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Work with your child to support them to identify the vocabulary that conveys the author’s perspective.

Activity too easy?

Your child might extend their learning to writing another poem, set in a different environment which conveys emotion through vocabulary choices.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might enjoy reading the poem aloud as a monologue. This could be recorded and shared with family or friends.

Activity sheet 1: Images of the sea

Your task:

  • Complete each part of the Venn diagram as you move through the PowerPoint
  • Please refer to the excerpt from The Sea by John Banville (see below) and the poem The Sea by Paula Stevenson.
“They departed, the gods, on the day of the strange tide. All morning under a milky sky the waters in the bay had swelled and swelled, rising to unheard-of heights, the small waves creeping over parched sand that for years had known no wetting save for rain and lapping the very bases of the dunes. The rusted hulk of the freighter that had run aground at the far end of the bay longer ago than any of us could remember must have thought it was being granted a relaunch. I would not swim again, after that day. The seabirds mewled and swooped, unnerved, it seemed, by the spectacle of that vast bowl of water bulging like a blister, lead-blue and malignantly agleam. They looked unnaturally white, that day, those birds. The waves were depositing a fringe of soiled yellow foam along the waterline. No sail marred the high horizon. I would not swim, no, not ever again.

Someone has just walked over my grave. Someone.”

Excerpt from The Sea by John Banville

Activity sheet 2: Re write

Your tasks:

  • Rewrite the second stanza to reflect the author’s fear of the sea.
  • Choose another stanza to re write, reflecting the same perspective.

I can smell it first

the salty air, feel it

crusting my skin

stiffening my hair.

I can smell it first,

the smell of fear, feel it

engulfing me

crushing my lungs.

Your turn:

Activity sheet 3: Publishing

Your task:

  • Publish your poem.
  • You can do this digitally (PowerPoint or Word) or on paper. You can be as creative as you like.
  • Once you have finished, send your poem to your teacher.
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