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20 October 2014
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Ideas for using the poems

Here is a list of general ideas that may be useful when using the CVC poems in the Literacy hour or at home.

  • What type of text is it, how do we know?
  • Discuss the illustrations, can the children predict what the poem is about?
  • Look at the structure, how many lines/verses are there?
  • Is there any special meaning in the layout of the text, e.g. is any section of the text bigger or smaller, why?
  • Read the poem several times (ask the children to join in or read some sections/words).
  • Who is telling the story?
  • Could the story really happen or is it nonsense? why?
  • Discuss the characters in the story/poem. Talk about the different voices the characters might have, read the story/poem together using these voices.
  • Which characters are male and which are female, which words tell us?
  • What is the meaning of the punctuation marks (speech marks, question marks)?
  • Look at the vocabulary. Are the children sure of the meaning of all the words? Compare their definitions with those from a dictionary.
  • Ask which words rhyme, remind the children about onsets and rimes and look for them in the rhyme.
  • Write a list of the rhyming words on the board and ask the children to think of more words to add to the list.
  • Ask the children to listen for the focus sounds and indicate when they hear them. Invite children to come out and ring round these words.
  • Help the children make up another verse based on the existing rhyming pattern, perhaps using other words that feature the focus sound.
  • Use a big word slide or word wheel to make other words that use the same focus sound or rhyme.
  • Ask the children to find the focus letter/string/rime in other books, signs, labels, magazines etc.
  • Look at the high frequency words in the text, write them on the board and practice recognizing them.
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