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The Magic Box


This week we will be looking at free verse poetry.  Free verse poems are poems that do not follow any rules.They do not rhyme or have a fixed pattern - it's all up to you! The poem that we are going to be looking at is The Magic Box by Kit Wright. 




Your task today is to:

  1. Click on the poem in Task 1 and listen to The Magic Box.
  2. Work through the PowerPoint in Task 2 and understand the key features of the poem.    


You do not need to record anything in today's lesson, just enjoy the poem!

Task 1

Listen to The Magic Box by Kit Wright

The Magic Box

The Magic Box 1


Tuesday 1

Today I would like you to imagine that you have a magic box - What would you like to put into the box?


  • What about sound,smells and textures?
  • What about colours and the weather?
  • What sort of dreams go into the box, and what sort of feelings?

  • Perhaps it has a window in it, or a door leading to somewhere else?


Here are some ideas I have come up with:


I will put into my box,


The whisper of a butterfly's wing,

A drop of moonlight from a starry night,

And the feather of a fiery phoenix.


Your task

Now it is your turn!

In your exercise book, I would like you to write down some of your own ideas. Your ideas could include your favourite things or a special dream or memories that you want to keep safe. I would like you to start your writing with ,  I will put into my box. The expectation is that you write at least four sentences.








In the poem The Magic Box, Kit Wright uses exciting vocabulary to keep the reader engaged. Today you will be looking at using descriptive vocabulary to make your poem exciting.


Your task

I would like you to write 2 stanzas ( like a verse of about 4 lines) starting with, I will put in my box. Both the stanzas will include descriptive language. Look at the examples from The Magic Box.


I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.


I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.







Picture 1

Descriptive Word Mat

Descriptive Word Mat 1

Use the ideas from the poem and the Descriptive Word Mat and create you own imaginative ideas. Write these neatly into your book.

Remember you want the reader to know your box is special and magical, use your writing to show this off!

Ideas that you can magpie!



In this lesson you will plan your poem. Use the Boxing Up Template below and compete the table with your ideas.


You do not have to complete each of the sections in the template, you can make your poem shorter if you wish. Remember, this is a free verse poem and it is your poem!


You do not need to copy the template into your book. Just write your ideas neatly into your exercise book. Any questions - please ask!

Boxing Up Template

Boxing Up Template 1



Using your planning from yesterday, your task today is to write your poem. 

Follow your planning so you capture all your ideas that you have been working on this week. Once you have completed your poem - why not draw pictures around your poem like Kit Wright! 


I would love to see your work so please email me your poems! smiley