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Poetry lesson

Chocolate cake by Michael Rosen

Let them eat cake!

Poetry lesson Teacher package

Desired learning outcomes

Students enjoy reading a poem.

Students make an acrostic poem.

Students use creative writing to write a different poem.

Students can answer questions about the poem.

Students use their imagination to create their own favourite cake (2).

Students present their cake in small groups (2).


Print out worksheets for every student.

Layout lesson

Introduction (pre-reading)

To get the students engaged in the lesson and the theme ask them to close their eyes. Read out loud:

Imagine yourself being with friends. Youre fooling around for some time and suddenly someone comes with the idea of a blind tasting test. Very soon youre blindfolded and your friends let you taste one thing after another. How do you react? Use your face mimics and make sounds to what your reaction would be.First you get a piece of lemon in your mouth. () The second thing you get is chili. () The third food you get is Brussel sprouts. () And last but not least, your best friend puts a piece of chocolate cake in your mouth. ()

Let the students react to these foods and while theyre reacting, write some of the sounds they make on the board. Discuss the way these sounds are spelled thoroughly and let the students talk about these sounds.

Task 1 (while-reading)

Read the poem out loud. Make sure you make the sounds of appreciation stand out. It makes the poem more fun and puts focus on the important parts. If you want, you can let the author read the poem out loud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxQLITdOOc

Let the students fill out the questions for task 1. After a few minutes, discuss the answers of the questions.

Task 2 (post-reading)

Let the students write an acrostic poem. First, discuss the meaning of an acrostic poem and explain how to make one. Follow the steps of the worksheet. After doing the ICE CREAM poem together, let the students make their own acrostic poem with the word CAKE. Let them use the brain storm list before making the poem.

Task 3 (post-reading)

In the poem, Michael Rosen chooses to end the story like this. Let the students think of alternative endings for the poem. Let them write it out in a few sentences. Make sure you emphasise the creativity of the students. They can brainstorm in small groups or think of their own ending.

Task 4 (post-reading)

Let the students compete against each other. Use the Kahoot below to do so.


Task 5 (post-reading)

This task is an extended task and can be done in a second lesson or as homework assignment.

The students come up with their own cake. In small groups they decide on a cake they want to present in class. They have to know everything about this cake and present it in class by making one of the following presentations: poster, PowerPoint, video, poem, newscast, magazine.

Once theyve finished the presentation, the best cake wins the golden ticket. The winner of the golden ticket gets a prize, which is of course a chocolate cake!

This task is also about the creativity of the students and their imagination.

Poetry lesson - Student workbook 2 mavo/havo

Let them eat cake!


In this workbook you are going to make 5 assignments:

Task 1. Read the poem and make the questions

Task 2. Make an acrostic poem

Task 3. Write a different ending to the poem

Task 4. Compete in a Kahoot quiz

Task 5. Come up with your own cake

Do you remember this movie?

Task 1. Read the poem and answer the questions

We are going to read the following poem together. Everyone will have a turn. After we have read the poem you are going to answer a few questions about the poem.

Chocolate Cake - Poem by Michael Rosen

I love chocolate cake.And when I was a boyI loved it even more.

Sometimes we used to have it for teaand Mum used to say,'If there's any left overyou can have it to take to schooltomorrow to have at playtime.'And the next day I would take it to schoolwrapped up in tin foilopen it up at playtimeand sit in the corner of the playgroundeating it,you know how the icing on topis all shiny and it cracks as youbite into it,and there's that other kind of icing inthe middleand it sticks to your hands and youcan lick your fingersand lick your lipsoh it's lovely.yeah.

Anyway,once we had this chocolate cake for teaand later I went to bedbut while I was in bedI found myself waking uplicking my lipsand smiling.I woke up proper.'The chocolate cake.'It was the first thingI thought of.

I could almost see itso I thought,what if I go downstairsand have a little nibble, yeah?

It was all darkeveryone was in bedso it must have been really latebut I got out of bed,crept out of the door

there's always a creaky floorboard, isn't there?

Past Mum and Dad's room,careful not to tread on bits of broken toysor bits of Legoyou know what it's like treading on Legowith your bare feet,


downstairsinto the kitchenopen the cupboardand there it isall shining.

So I take it out of the cupboardput it on the tableand I see thatthere's a few crumbs lying about on the plate,so I lick my finger and run my finger all over the crumbsscooping them upand put them into my mouth.


nice.ThenI look againand on one side where it's been cut,it's all crumbly.

So I take a knifeI think I'll just tidy that up a bit,cut off the crumbly bitsscoop them all upand into the mouth

oooooommm mmmmnice.

Look at the cake again.

That looks a bit funny now,one side doesn't match the otherI'll just even it up a bit, eh?

Take the knifeand slice.This time the knife makes a little cracky noiseas it goes through that hard icing on top.

A whole slice this time,into the mouth.

Oh the icing on topand the icing in the middleohhhhhh oooo mmmmmm.

But nowI can't stop myselfKnife -I just take any old slice at itand I've got this great big chunkand I'm cramming it inwhat a greedy pigbut it's so nice,

and there's anotherand another and I'm squealing and I'm smacking my lipsand I'm stuffing myself with itandbefore I knowI've eaten the lot.The whole lot.

I look at the plate.It's all gone.

Oh nothey're bound to notice, aren't they,a whole chocolate cake doesn't just disappeardoes it?

What shall I do?

I know. I'll wash the plate up,and the knife

and put them away and maybe no onewillnotice, eh?So I do thatand creep creep creepback to bedinto beddoze offlicking my lipswith a lovely feeling in my belly.Mmmmrnmmmmm.

In the morning I get up,downstairs,have breakfast,Mum's saying,'Have you got your dinner money?'and I say,'Yes.''And don't forget to take some chocolate cake with you.'I stopped breathing.

'What's the matter,' she says,'you normally jump at chocolate cake?'

I'm still not breathing,and she's looking at me very closely now.

She's looking at me just below my mouth.'What's that?' she says.'What's what?' I say.

'What's that there?''Where?''There,' she says, pointing at my chin.'I don't know,' I say.'It looks like chocolate,' she says.'It's not chocolate is it?'No answer.'Is it?''I don't know.'She goes to the cupboardlooks in, up, top, middle, bottom,turns back to me.'It's gone.It's gone.You haven't eaten it, have you?''I don't know.''You don't know. You don't know if you've eaten a wholechocolate cake or not?When? When did you eat it?'

So I told her,and she saidwell what could she say?'That's the last time I give you any cake to taketo school.Now go. Get outno waitnot before you've washed your dirty sticky face.'I went upstairslooked in the mirrorand there it was,just below my mouth,a chocolate smudge.The give-away.Maybe she'll forget about it by next week.


1. What do you think of the poem?

2. Put down at least 3 words that you didnt know.

3. What do you think Theres always a creaky floorboard, isnt there? means.

4. What do you think You know what its like treading on Lego with your bare feet means.

5. How did his mother react, knowing that he ate all the cake?

Task 2. Acrostic poem

In this task you are going to make an acrostic poem. An arcrostic poem is a fun poetic form that anyone can write. In this poem certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Typically the first letters of each line are used to spell the message.

Before you make your acrostic poem, we will first give you an example with steps to follow. After that, you are going to make an acrostic poem for



Ice Cream

Ilove every flavor.Cookies & Cream.English Toffee.

Chocolate Chip.Rocky Road.Even Strawberry andAlmond Fudge.Mmmmmmmm.

Step 1. Frist write down your word vertically:



Step 2. Brainstorm words or phrases that describe the word.

A good way to do this is to brainstorm lots of ideas. Make a list of all the words you think of when you hear ice cream. For example: chocolate chip, strawberry, rocky road, and others. Then you put them in, wherever they would fit, like this:

Ice Cream

Brainstorm list









ICookies & Cream.English Toffee.

Chocolate Chip.Rocky Road.EAlmond Fudge.M

Step 3. Finish the poem.

Fill in the remaining lines to create a poem.

Ice Cream