I magine you are the Headteacher of the school where this poor teacher gets eaten. Write a paragraph about what this Headteacher might say to the rest of the staff to calm them down. Make sure that you:
Explain calmly what happened. You do not want to worry them. Play down the event.
Advise the teachers what to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Imagine you were in the class and saw the teacher get eaten. You want to tell your story to a group of friends who were not there. You want to scare them!
Choose three details in the poem to exaggerate.
For example, instead of just telling them about the ‘yellow eyes’ you could say that the dragon had ‘twenty-five blood shot eyes the size of footballs’.
W rite a paragraph about what you would say to your friends. You can make the ending as horrible as you like!
What are the differences between the way the Headteacher described the dragon, and the way you described it to your friends?
the words you used
the details you used
Which paragraph did you enjoy the most? Can you say why?
Do you ever change the way you speak? When? Why?
The story in the poem ‘Storytime’, is told by two people.
With a partner, read the poem aloud. One of you read the poem, while the other listens very carefully.
Which words tell you when the teacher is speaking?
Which words tell you when the pupil is speaking?
Make a list of the words which:
give away that the teacher is speaking
give away that the pupil is speaking.
Use a table like the one below:
Words that tell you the teacher is speaking
Words that tell you the pupil is speaking
In your experience do teachers sound like the teacher in this poem? What else do they tend to say?
With your partner, read the poem aloud again. This time, one person read the part of the teacher and the other read the part of the pupil.
How old do you think the pupil is in this poem? Which words give you clues about his age?
This poem is about a nine year old boy who is enjoying pretending that he is playing football for England.
Sometimes the poem sounds as if a real game of football is being played, but there are clues which suggest that it is not a real football game.
THE COMMENTATOR HELP Good afternoon and welcome, This is the welcome.
This is Danny Markey your commentator
Welcoming you to this international
Between England and Holland,
Which is being played her this
At four Florence Terrace. This is where the scene is set.
And the pitch looks in superb condition
As Danny Markey prepares
To kick off for England;
And this capacity crowd roars
As Markey, the England captain,
Puts England on the attack.
Straight away it’s Markey The action starts.