Phew…this one felt like a slog at times but it’s done! 19 lessons, fully resourced with homework added in as well as revision/consolidation resources. Other than saving me a lot of time over the course of the first term, I hope it saves you guys some time as well. I’ve put together a quick commentary of the lessons to clarify any points.
- I developed this with my own classes in mind – a lower set with target grades ranging from 3-5.
- All of the PowerPoints are in Kristen ITC so if you don’t have this font installed, it may be formatted slightly differently.
- The unit is integrated with some Paper 2, Question 5 language skills as well.
- I haven’t fully annotated any of the poems as I will be using a visualiser for that but the PowerPoints have key things to look at/analyse as well as some activities.
- Consolidation homework to be completed after every poem (WPCSLIP)
Lesson 1: Welcome
A general overview of the SoW and expectations. A lesson to get the pupils sorted with books etc.
Lesson 2: Ozymandias
Beginning to understand the poem and eventually leading to a short paragraph analysing the language/structure of the poem.
Lesson 3: HOW to write a response
Mostly a skills lesson with a checklist for writing to support. Self-assessment at the end by colour coding their responses.
Lesson 4: Charge of the Light Brigade
Moving towards developing analysis of features & consolidation with a CLOZE paragraph.
Lesson 5: Storm on the Island
A focus on the contextual factors of the poem and writing a response against the AQA mark scheme. Self-assessment/peer-assessment opportunities.
Lesson 6: My Last Duchess
Using statements about power & gathering evidence from the poem – language skill. Analysing the key lines of the poem – emphasis on language/structural features used.
Lesson 7: London
Lots of contextual information on this one – designed to be a carousel activity. Slides can be printed off on A3 for ease. Students then focus on the language features used and analysing the effect this may have. CLOZE paragraph to consolidate. This can then be used to edit the CLOZE/improve it against the mark scheme.
Lesson 8: Checking Out Me History
Top Trumps between the different historical figures; students given a statement and asked to write a speech in response using the structure strips which you can find at the end of this post.
Lesson 9: Paper 2, Question 5 response to COMH statements
Writing their speech with extra challenge tasks. Self-assessment before being taken in for teacher assessment.
‘Lesson’ 10: Bayonet Charge (Homework)
Structured questions to take pupils through the poem with a WPCSLIP to complete afterwards.
Lesson 11: Review homework & creating statements
Ensuring understanding of their homework and then consolidating that understanding by creating statements which pupils find evidence for/against. Can be used as a ‘warm up’ or as an assessment piece.
Lesson 12: The Prelude
A focus on the juxtaposition of language but also the use of plosive sounds vs. sibilance as well. A CLOZE paragraph without the word bank – pupils to begin developing their own responses. Then used as a springboard for writing a second paragraph.
Lesson 13: Kamikaze & beginning to compare
A focus on Kamikaze & the power of nature. Using this to compare the poem to The Prelude & writing a paragraph with some scaffolding. Self/peer assessment and using this to close the feedback loop.
Lesson 14: War Photographer with P2Q5 task
Using a P2Q5 task as a springboard into War Photographer. Focus on the issues/themes first before getting into the language. I have a polaroid camera that I also use to get the pupils to understand the ‘half-formed ghost’ line.
Lesson 15: Poppies with comparative paragraph
Looking at the juxtaposition between domesticity and war – using this to compare War Photographer and Poppies.
Lesson 16: Exposure
Context – carousel lesson for pupils to mindmap factors. Exploding key quotes & moving into analysis.
Lesson 17: Remains
Linking through the idea of PTSD. Building independence – tackle it as an unseen poem with limited scaffolding.
Lesson 18: Tissue
I’ve left lots of slides on this one from when I went through the poem with my Y10 (mid/lower ability) group last year and I added their analysis onto the slides as we went. Hopefully useful!
Lesson 19: The Emigrée
Tackling this as an unseen poem and then reviewing as a whole class. Using this to write x2 paragraphs exploring the theme of ‘loss’ – possible to do a comparative essay on Poppies(?)
I left the remaining week in the term as a spill over/mop up week.
Revision cards with key quotations and questions to structure their analysis.
WPCSLIP to consolidate understanding of each poem. I print these on bright pink so that they are easy to find in their books. Can easily be done as a classroom activity but I set these for homework each week.
Structure Strips – inspired by Mr Lockyer on Twitter, I’ve developed the structure strips for Language P2Q5. So far, I’ve only done it for newspaper article and a speech but they can be edited to fit your needs!
Poetry speed dating! I LOVE this. I did this as an end of term ‘party’ type activity. I have some small LED candle lights which I put out and got some fruit juice & cups so they could ‘break the ice’. Each pupil was given a different poem and their job was to find as many matches as they could using this sheet to help structure their conversations. It was a lot of fun and the kids really got into it!
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