BBC 5 live Young Commentator - Live Lesson

Get creative with language and commentary

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This literacy Live Lesson, in collaboration with with BBC Radio 5 live’s Young Commentator of the Year Competition for 11-15 year olds, is all about sports commentary and its relationship to English language and the spoken word.

Hosted by Michelle Ackerley with expert guests John Murray, 5 live's chief football correspondent, and football writer Dan Freedman, pupils are shown how to use words to paint pictures, harnessing the power of language to keep the audience gripped from start to finish.

The programme includes topics such as comprehension, use of imagery (descriptive language including simile and metaphor) and synonyms.

It was first live streamed to schools in October 2017. Please note that we are no longer reviewing emails and messages from schools for inclusion in the lesson or on the page.

How to use this resource

Check out our lesson guide for teachers and print out the student activity sheets below.

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