Home learning focus
To explore the way writers use personification and experiment with it in your own writing.
This lesson includes:
two videos to help you understand personification, where something non-human is described in human terms, as though it is alive
An example of personification is: 'The alarm clock screamed at me to get out of bed'.
Here the alarm clock is shown as a figure or person hounding someone to get up for school!
Watch the following clip, from the start up to 1:05, and listen out for examples of personification in Frank Flynn's poem 'The School Bell'.
Look around your room and make a list of eight objects that you see.
Write a list of eight to ten human actions - walking, dancing, smiling, etc.
Match the objects to an action to create humorous combinations.
The clothes cartwheeled onto the floor.
Write a paragraph of description about your home. Bring it to life using personification.
A good way to approach this it to think about areas of your home in the morning, afternoon and evening. Do the objects in different rooms behave differently at different times of the day?
In the morning, the cups chatter to each other in the kitchen sink.
Click on the image below and explore the effect of personification by completing two questions from Oxford University Press.
You can either print out this activity sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.