Hello! There are 2 parts to your English this week
First of all, I would like you to write a poem. To fit in with ourtopicof Japan it is a style of Japanese poetry called Haiku. Haikus are very short. They are 3 lines long and made up of 17 syllables.
Line 1 has 5 syllables Line 2 has 7 syllables Line 3 has 5 syllables
Just to remind you, a syllable is a beat in a word. You can clap along to the beats.
So ‘Japan’ has 2 syllables in it Ja-pan. So does ‘English’ En-glish. But ‘holiday’ has 3 syllables ho-li-day.
The subject of your haiku will be Midsummer. Saturday was the day with the longest day and shortest night. In Enfield we had 16 hours 40 minutes of daylight and 7 hours 20 minutes of night time.
Here is a haiku I wrote about Mr Floyd. I have coloured in each syllable so you can see how it works.
Oh how very tall 5 syllables
He loves to wear fancy dress 7 syllables
And act Mister Twit 5 syllables
Total 17 syllables
And here is one I wrote about Midsummer’s Day. See if you can clap out the syllables.
Early morning sun
Blackbird’s song awakens me
At only 4 o’clock
Now you try. Think about all the things that summer brings us and make it about some of those.
Rest of the week
For the rest of the week your task is to write up the Geography research on Japan either as a Power Point presentation or as an information leaflet / report
Whichever format you chose, you will need to include these things.
A title e.g. 'The Geography of Japan'
A paragraph of introduction that tells you very basic facts about your subject without any details*
A paragraph about each topic you write with more detail
A closing paragraph that sums up what you have told the reader
words that are special to Geography. You could even include a glossary at the end.
Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
*An example of a paragraph of introduction might be 'Japan is a country in Asia made up of many islands. It is in the ??? Ocean and has a population of ??? Generally the Japanese diet is very healthy and many people there live to be very old. There are many old and interesting traditions in Japan but it also a very modern country.'
** An example of a closing paragraph might be 'As you can now see, Japan is a fascinating country with many different landscapes and a climate different from the UK. I hope you have learned from this and will be tempted to visit Japan and find out more.