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The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus

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By Ogden Nash

This poem, by American poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971), features strong use of rhythm and rhyme, as well as poetic devices like enjambment and alliteration. Children will enjoy the humour of the poem and can use it as a basis for creating other text types and performing it aloud.

These teachers’ notes accompany the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS Ages 9 to 11, September 2008.

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Before reading

  • What do the children understand by ‘morals’. Can they think of stories or poems they have read that have a moral? What is the purpose of a moral?
  • What features tell them this is a poem? Brainstorm their knowledge of poetry devices.

Previous learning

Children should have: experience of analysing a wide range of poetry types; read stories with morals (eg, fables); knowledge of suffixes and their effect upon words.

Key learning outcomes:

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