Hi year 11 For the last revision session, I asked you to make links between these poems: With some of them, as you guessed, I tried purposely to challenge you to make links between poems that you wouldn’t normally connect. Here are the posters you produced: What to do with these? Write your own question… Continue reading Y11 Poetry revision posters
Hi Year 11 In a lunchtime revision session today, Jennifer shared this list of key quotes from all the poems. I said that I’d put it on the blog, so you need to thank Jen for the work. Suggestion: for each of these poems, reduce the list to 3 quotes, each with three or four words… Continue reading Y11 – Power and Conflict quotes from Jennifer!
Sometime simple ideas come to me in the process of talking to students … This week, we were talking about the importance of bringing everything back to the ideas of power and conflict – after all, that’s the cluster we’re studying. Getting our heads round these two (let’s face it rather huge) concepts, we decided to… Continue reading Y11 – poetry of power and conflict: the power of the preposition
This week, we’ve been feeding back on the mock exam. We found the two section C poems for the comparison question quite difficult and for the comparison ended up talking more about the ideas in the poem than the language. We’ve called this our ‘Saving Private Ryan’ question: there were bodies everywhere with only a… Continue reading Saving Section C: Unseen comparison poetry (AO2 only)
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em …. I’m going to try this in a revision lesson – here are a couple of examples – then get the students to work up their own for the other poems … It’s best to choose one word if possible, the shorter the better -an acrostic for The… Continue reading Revising poetry through acrostics?
This lesson stands as a one off. We focused on exploring language through Blake’s use of iambic tetrameter (four iambic beats per line – unstressed/stressed) and how the metre was broken by trochees to draw our attention to particular words/lines. We also looked at Blake’s original version which contains some capitalised nouns that are not… Continue reading William Blake’s London
In a previous blog, we looked at comparing The Prelude with Storm on the Island – see here Here are some examples of the essays the students wrote in response to an exam type question: Example 1: notice how the student compares throughout using those ‘coat-hanger’ statements (“both poets…”) to hang the ideas off. The first paragraph could… Continue reading A Postscript to The Prelude …