Figurative language: springbok

4 - Writing Ideas

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Writing Ideas

  • Imagine the springbok’s pronking is an event in the Animalympics and you are a commentator. Write your commentary of the springbok’s performance, giving it a mark out of 10.
  • By Year 6, you should be experienced in using Show, Don’t Tell:

Here is a quick reminder of the differences:

Showing: As his mother switched off the light and left the room, Michael tensed. He huddled under the covers, gripped the sheets, and held his breath as the wind brushed past the curtain.

Telling: Michael was terribly afraid of the dark.

See if you can plan and write a short story that has a springbok as its main character and its pronking actions part of the storyline. Use a range of figurative devices such as simile, metaphor and personification to help you achieve writing that uses Show, Don’t Tell.

  • Turn off the sound on the clip and find a song that you think accompanies the springbok’s pronking. Write a paragraph explaining why you have chosen this song and why it works well with the springbok’s movements.

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