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EFL / ESL Writing Lesson Plan: The Loch Ness Monster's Song
Level: Upper intermediate - advanced
In this activity students write poems inspired by Edwin Morgan's nonsense poem The Loch Ness Monster's Song. I usually spend the first part of the lesson teaching students about the Loch Ness Monster. There is some good material on headsupenglish.com.
Next tell students that they are going to read or listen to a poem about the Loch Ness Monster. Write the following questions on the board and ask students to make predictions in pairs or small groups.
What is the poem about?
How does the Loch Ness Monster feel? Why?
Choose at least four words you think will appear in the poem.
Write answers on the board then give students the poem to read or listen to.
Point out that the Loch Ness Monster can't speak English! Tell students their task is to write the poem in English using the ideas and vocabulary they came up with and any other ideas. Circulate helping with vocabulary as necessary.
This exercise encourages students to use a range of language including vocabulary studied earlier in the lesson. Students often use poetic devices such as onomatopoeia or repetition imatating the structure of the original poem.