Lesson 2 LO: I can use a kenning to describe an animal
Read the poem ‘Beware’ by James Carter
Poem from Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter
There's a ...
here and there...
you beware -
it's a BEAR
Look at the language that the poet has used in the kenning to describe the bear. (A Kenning is a two word phrase describing an object often using a eg a mind –boggler could describe a puzzle. A Kennings poem is a riddle made up of several lines of kennings to describe something or someone) Link this with what the children already know from phonics, look at the way that each descriptive phrase ends with the /er/ sound. Highlight these on the poem.
Pick one of the other animals from the picture;
Choose one that you are more familiar with and think of other phrases to make up a kenning.
In your kenning think about...
o Where do they live?
o What do they eat?
o What do they do?
Write your own kenning about an animal from the taiga or the savannah.
Give prompts for words that they could use for their lines, e.g. eater, liver, feller, dweller.
Choose the location (savannah or taiga)
Choose an appropriate animal
Follow the pattern
Choose a noun/adjective for the first word
Choose a er word for the second
Say what the animal is in the last line