Sounds in writing – use of onomatopoeia

Ask pupils to make a list of sound words that they already use in their writing e.g.   crunch, sob, cheer, giggled

Link these sound words to connotation e.g. ominous or excitement.

Using one of the suggested stimulus materials ask pupils to:

  • Make a list of the different sounds the poet hears; and
  • Choose 3 words from the poem that are used to describe the sounds being made.  Explain the effect of these 3 words.

Next, focus on onomatopoeia.

Pupils should find words to describe the sounds of some of the following:

  • a baby
  • a chainsaw
  • a washing machine
  • a cow
  • a snake

Pupils could illustrate their favourite onomatopoeia.

Then, focus on sound associated with place or setting.

Pupils should make a list of the sounds associated with some of the following:

  • school
  • shopping centre
  • factory
  • beach
  • airport
  • water
  • forest
  • beach
  • midnight
  • sunrise

Suggested stimulus materials

  • The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
  • The Sound Collector - Roger McGough
  • Quiet - Richard Church
  • In a Moment of Silence – Michael Coleman