Jabberwocky – Making Sense of Nonsense
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It is aimed at children in upper KS2 and lower KS3 and looks at the nonsensical poem Jabberwocky and suggests a fun way to disect the poem, line by line, and put some sort of sense to it – well, almost!
The PowerPoint Lesson
The children pick out what they think are the nonsense nouns, adjectives and verbs in the poem and then use a dictionary to find suitable replacement words.
So the first line of the poem:
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
‘Twas brilliant, and the slimy toads
The Teachers’ Notes gives background information to the creation of the poem and in particular, Lewis Carroll’s use of ‘portmanteau words’. They also contain a number of suggestions for further activities.
There is a document containing the text of the poem plus another where Humpty Dumpty explains the first verse of the poem to Alice.
According to him, he can – “… explain all the poems that ever were invented – and a good many that haven’t been invented just yet.”
We hope you and your class have fun using this teaching resource.
David and Michael from Goodeyedeers.
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