Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar
Direct speech: Harpy eagle
We are learning how to incorporate the actions of the speaker when writing sentences that include direct speech.
Context: harpy eagle
Named after the harpies of Greek mythology (frightful flying creatures with hooked beaks and claws), the harpy eagle is one of the world’s largest eagles. With a wingspan that can reach almost two metres, an adult is able to snatch a monkey from the top of a tree and carry it away to its nest.
In this fascinating clip, a Venezuelan vet, Alexander Blanco, scales a tree to reach a harpy chick. His intention is to tag it and fit it with a tracking device. However, as he starts his descent, disaster strikes. Why does Alexander end up in hospital? Watch the clip to find out.
Can you list some words/phrases that describe how Alexander might have felt before, during and after grabbing the harpy eagle by its talons?
e.g. (before)wary, (during)alert, (after) agonizing pain,…