Jabberwocky - Making Sense of  Nonsense - Complete Lesson

-UPDATED 2020-

Aimed at children in Years 5, 6 and 7.

This popular PowerPoint lesson takes the children through the first verse of the poem ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll and gives them a strategy for turning this nonsensical poem into one that makes sense - almost!

The children have practice in recognising nouns, adjectives and verbs and in using the dictionary to find suitable replacement words.

The Teachers’ Notes gives background information to the creation of the poem and in particular, Lewis Carroll’s use of ‘portmanteau words’. They also have a number of suggestions for further activities.

There is a document with the text of the poem plus another where Humpty Dumpty explains the first verse of the poem to Alice. According to him, he can - “… explain all the poems that ever were invented - and a good many that haven’t been invented just yet.”

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Created: Apr 22, 2015

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

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