Sorry, I know there are tons of these threads but in my defense this is my first ever! I have to do a 20 min activity for a KS2 Class (dont know which year group) which encourages children to develop ambitious language. Poetry immediately sprang to mind as a medium to get some fab language and so my L.O. is To develop a descriptive poem based on 'The Magic Box' (Im a massive Pie Corbett fan and this is one of his activities - but is it too common?). Super quick starter - Synonym pairs. I will prepare 30 words, 15 of them wiill be standard adjectives, the other 15 will be more impressive synonyms. Each child must pick a card and then walk around the class to find their synonym pair. Briefly discuss which word would be more impressive in a piece of writing/why to encourage them to uplevel. Main - Read 'The Magic Box' & discuss impossibility of items/use of senses - Paired work - what else could go into the box? Share ideas. Use same opener from Poem (I will put in the box...) to create a shared piece of writing - get children to write descriptive sentences for each item suggested on w/b's and we choose the more appropriate/descriptive from a range of people to produce our poem, encouraging children to uplevel vocab as we go through (first suggestion never best etc). I have a decorative box that I am thinking of taking in to help stimulate ideas... There wont be time for a plenary in a 20 min session, is it ok to leave it out? Will a version of this lesson have been done to death? Should I go for something more original? This is literally a first thought as I only found out today so feel free to be brutal!