Sir Sunny

poem by Rebecca Gardyn Levington , illustrated by Christopher Nielsen

Learning Intention: 

I am learning how to apply my own ideas and interpretations to existing texts so that I can experiment with different storytelling mediums. 

Success Criteria: 

  • I can come up with ideas for sounds to accompany a text. 
  • I can use my immediate environment to create sound effects. 
  • I can use my imagination to illustrate an existing text. 
  • I can put together a presentation that combines words, pictures and sound to form a narrative. 


After reading the poem, reread it one stanza at a time, or If you have a digital subscription, you may wish to play the audio recording. While students are listening, ask them to imagine what sounds should be included, and where they should go, then discuss their ideas. These may include: 

  • Waves breaking on the shore 
  • Seagulls squawking 
  • People splashing and playing 
  • Sir Sunny’s armour squeaking 
  • A dragon roaring 
  • Horses galloping 
  • The sound of Sir Sunny’s voice should as he says his lines out loud 

Tell students that they are going to work in groups to make the poem as a slideshow with sound using a program such as PowerPoint. Each slide should contain the text of one stanza of the poem along with an illustration - either digital, or hand drawn and photographed. Students should then add audio to each slide by reading the stanza out loud and incorporating sound effects and character voice for Sir Sunny.  

Students should use themselves and their environment creatively for sound effects. For example, they may tap whiteboard markers together rhythmically as a horse’s gallop, use a squeaky door to replicate the sound of armour moving or use their voices to make a whooshing sound of water. Instructions for adding audio to the slides can be found in the video How to Add Audio to PowerPoint Presentation.