William Tyndale Primary School
Art and Literacy Month October 2013
Through our Authors in Schools projects, Ifeoma Onyefulu and Cheryl Moskowitz gave some amazing presentations to children in eight classes in October. From writing hearing about Nigerian Traditional Tales to writing a Cinquain poem the children were given some real insights to writing in different genres.
Ifeoma read one of her stories from The Girl Who Married a Ghost and other stories a book of folk tales from Nigeria. The story was The Girl who Married a Ghost.
The children were soon enthralled and straight away saw the problem that the girl had and just why she married a ghost, ‘She was too choosy’ said one child.’ She shouldn’t have married at all!’
After lots of discussion the children
drew some pictures of the story
and the ghost appeared with the girl.
Cheryl has developed a great technique for the whole class to give something in writing a shared Cinquain.
- From the first line being the subject and having 2 syllables,
- to the second line being a description and having 4 syllables
- to the third line being the purpose and having 6 syllables
- to the fourth line being how it feels and having 8 syllables
- And the fifth line reflecting the start and having 2 syllables.
All the children took part and voted on the words and lines to be used so it was truly collaborative and very effective.
An examples of the poems created…
Blue sea, salty
Drinking the turquoise waves
Relaxing in the swimming pool
You can discover Ifeoma’s work on Amazon.co.uk here…
You can discover Cheryl’s work on Amazzon.co.uk here…