Christmas Literacy - Christmas Kennings

Christmas Kennings - a great KS2 Christmas literacy lesson from Goodeyedeers.

This is a fun exercise and a great way to get children writing simple, yet effective poetry.

Children are encouraged to come up with verbs to describe the things something or someone does.
This can be down individually or in pairs.

The verbs are then changed into two-word kennings, which can then be extended to make more interesting kennings.

The PowerPoint presentation guides the class through how to create kennings about Santa and then a Christmas cracker. These are then displayed as poems and can also be riddles.

The Teachers’ Notes include some background information on kennings and how they were used in Anglo Saxon times.

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Created: Nov 18, 2016

Updated: Nov 27, 2018

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