Précising: sage grouse

4 - Writing Ideas

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Writing Ideas

  • Writing as a female sage grouse, you have decided to place a lonely hearts ad in the latest edition of The Daily Bird. What are you looking for in a partner? How would your ideal sage grouse attract you?
  • Imagine you are an older male sage grouse. Write an instructional guide to a younger male bird about how to attract a mate. Think about the different techniques demonstrated in the clip.
  • A cinquain is a five-lined poem (hence the name). They are easy and fun to write as they don’t require a whole lot of words! They also reinforce some basic grammatical parts of speech:

Line 1: One word (a noun, the subject of the poem)

Line 2: Two words (adjectives that describe the subject in line 1)

Line 3: Three words (-ing action verbs that relate to the subject in line 1)

Line 4: Four words (a phrases or sentence that relates feelings about the subject in line 1)

Line 5: One word (a synonym for the subject in line 1 or a word that sums it up)

Related Clip

Found in the pine forests of Scotland, a capercaillie (the biggest of the grouse species) sees off a group of intruders that includes Sir David Attenborough!

Credit: BBC Four – The Life of Birds