Autumn Activities


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

  • Soggy autumn

  • Crisp & crunchy autumn

  • Misty autumn

  • Bright & colourful autumn

  • Tasty autumn

  • Windy 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

Activity

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

For example:

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

Activity

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.

Activity

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.

Activity

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

Activity

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.

Activity

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.

"winnowing wind"

A beautiful example of alliteration and assonance. Feel the movement.

Activity:

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?

Activity

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?

Activity:

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

Elizabeth Bishop

A 20th century American poet

"small hard tears dance..."

A tight and powerful example of pathetic fallacy and personification.

Activities

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

"dry rain"

A clear example of an oxymoron.

Activites:

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.

Activity:

Autumn 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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