Portmanteau Words - Making Sense of Nonsense
This resource is ideally for children in upper KS2 and lower KS3.

A portmanteau word is a new word made from two already existing ones. For example, Brexit. Lewis Carroll started the fun, in the poem 'Jabberwocky'. 

In the powerpoint presentation pupils meet special agent Sam, who works for SYD - Subverting Your Dictionary. 

First Sam explains what portmanteau words are and gets them investigating existing portmanteaux. He then invites youngsters on a mission of verbal invention, the creation of new portmanteaux - all linked to a classic 19th Century lyric poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

And remember - one of Carroll's words, 'chortle', did so well, most people don't realise its origins. So, not so much nonsense as new sense!

All the money raised from the sale of this resource goes to a North West charity for children called MedEquip4Kids.
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Created: Oct 22, 2016

Updated: Jun 14, 2019

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