Welcome to Brigid's Autumn Language Activities.
12 Quotes & Activies
Activities to nurture a love of language
Activities to help kids identify literary techniques & devices
Activities designed to help kids use literary techniques & devices
A variety of snack size quotes from Albert Camus to Sylvia Plath
Free Quote Cards printables
Something for all ages and abilities
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Autumn is such an exciting time.The forest,the garden and the park are full of new smells, sights and sounds.
There are all kinds of autumn
Jump in the leaves autumn
Crisp & crunchy autumn
Bright & colourful autumn
Can you think of some more?
Which is your favourite?
Our Top Twelve Autumn Quotes
12. Albert Camus
French author and philosopher
"every leaf is a flower"
A beautiful example of a metaphor
Camus has turned the world upside down; autumn has become spring and the leaves have become flowers.
A holiday poster for a Topsy Turvy World
Rain is dry
Sunbeams are wet
Snow is edible
birds ride bicycles
Eat pudding first
Go to school at night
Think of a Topsy Turvy World
Make an annotated drawing of your Topsy Turvey World
Share with your classmates
Design a holiday poster for your Topsy Turvey World
11. Charlotte Bronte
19th century English novelist & poet
"Every leaf speaks..."
An engaging example of personification
A Speaking Leaf Mobile
What do the leaves say?
Make a mind map
Draw leaves with speech balloons
Display as a class mobile (which will move)
10. L.M. Montgomery
20th Century Children's author, best know for Anne of Green Gables.
A Class October Watch Book
Make a Class Autumn Watch Book
Record your October observations
Discuss the pros & cons of October
Do you think October is the best month?
Compare and contrast with October in a different country
9. Percy Bysshe Shelley
19th century English poet. Shelley was one of the Romantic poets. He loved to write about nature and his feelings.
"Each like a corpse
Within its grave."
A wonderful simile for older kids to unpack.
Compare & Contrast
Compare & contrast with quote number 8 (John Borroughs)
List the similarities
List the differences
8. John Borroughs
19th/20th century American literary naturalist
Compare & Contrast
Compare & contrast with quote number 9 (Shelley)
Which quote do you like best & why?
7. Kobayashi Issa
18th/19th century Japanese poet. Issa is his pen name and means 'a cup of tea'.- how beautiful. The kimono is a tradditional Japanese garment which worn by men, women & children on special occassions . The colours and motifs are determine by the season. Traditionally the light summer kimono is exchanged for a warmer lined kimono on the 20th of September.
Write - "My Sky Wears" Poem
Research the kimono.
Design an autumn kimono
What clothes do you wear in September?
Use Issa's poem as a blueprint for your own poem. What does your September sky wear?
e.g a necklace of birds
6. John Keats
One of the most popular English Romantic poets of the 19th century. Keats uses natural imagery to express deep and powerful feelings.
A beautiful example of alliteration and assonance. Feel the movement.
An Annoted Map Of "A Windy Journey "
What does the autumn wind move?
Hair umbrellas leaves water birds kites paper bags tin cans pets clouds rain
How do these objects move?
Blow bend weave tumble skittle scatter dance fly flutter toss throw rattle spin spiral
Choose 1 or 2 objects
Draw an annotated map of it's windy journey
Use some alliteration and assonance Eg Undulating umbrellas or spinning speckled leaves
5. Emily Dickinson
A 19th Century american poet.
"The rose is out of town."
A funny an insightful example of personification.
This simple little line explodes into a million questions.
Where is rose? How did she travel? What is she doing? Does she miss us? Is she travelling alone?
Write a postcard or email from the 'out of town" rose
Where has the rose gone?
Write a postcard or email from the rose to her friends in the autumn garden/park/forest.
Include examples of personification
4. Sylvia Plath
A 20th century American poet and novelist
"web-winged and furious."
A startling & powerful example of pathetic fallacy.
Why are the leaves furious?
Write a series of tweets or texts between 2 "furious" leaves
Why are the leaves furious?
Write a single or series of texts/tweets between 2 furious leaves
Include examples of pathetic fallacy
A 20th century American poet
"small hard tears dance..."
A tight and powerful example of pathetic fallacy and personification.
Role play: The child
What has just happened?
what is going to happen next?
Work in pairs or small groups
Role play:the child with parent/teacher/grandmother/fairy tale character/best friend
2. Ray Bradbury
A 20th century American writer
A clear example of an oxymoron.
Make An seasonal oxymoron Game
Write summer/winter/autumn/spring nouns on a piece of card
Write summer/winter/spring/summer adjective/adverbs on a piece of card
Mix & match to make some cool oxymorons
1. Thomas Hardy
An English 19th century poet and novelist
"Crunch as we pass"
An vivid example of onomatopoeia.
Go for a walk in the woods/park or garden
Record the sounds you hear
Describe each sound using onomatopoeia
squeak splutter rustle beep beep whoosh tweet tweet chirp squelch woof meow ahhhhrrr
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