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Techniques

I hope to gradually build up this section so that you can access some of the techniques used in various parts of the Workshop without searching the whole site.

Found Poems

A great way to get students to look closely at language.  Full explanation and a nice example on the 'Found Poems' page. Plus another example: Fog! found in the first two paragraphs of 'Bleak House'.

Immersed Poems

This is where you take a poem and immerse it in prose. The original is there, all in the right order, but sometimes quite hard to spot. The uses of this technique range from providing a gentle introduction to the themes, context and content of the poem to a revision activity where students have to find the original.  They can also create their own immersed texts, of course.

I've used this, so far, with the following poems:

The Sentry
Cold Knap Lake
The Man He Killed
Clare's Sonnet: Summer

Here's a new one, for winter: Snow by Edward Thomas.

Hidden words

Curiosity, mystery, puzzles: these are great motivators.  Rather than show students a text, hide it from them. Find out more here.

Paper Cuts - a variation on 'Hidden words'

Requires no technical skills!

De-sequenced poems

An easy activity to set up, made even easier using Sort in Word. You can instantly desequence any poem and have a lesson resource ready in seconds!   Here are a couple I made earlier for you to solve.  One you may know, the other is less well known. Either way, no cheating!

 Adjectives Only

- or nouns or verbs or what you please.  This can be tricky so follow carefully.  Find the poem to work on and, using the highlighter colour all of the words you wish to keep.  Now open the 'Replace' dialogue box and click on 'More'.  Click on the 'Format' button at the bottom of the box and then select 'Highlight'. The word 'Highlight' should appear beneath the top 'Find what' writable area. Repeat this action (clicking on Highlight in the Format list) so that it now says 'No Highlight'.

Now click your cursor into the 'Replace with' writable area. Click on the 'Format' button and select 'Font'. Open the font colour palette and select white. Click on 'Replace All'. Close the dialogue box. All the words except the ones you chose earlier should have disappeared.  Finally, select the whole text (Ctrl + A). open the Highlighter palette again and select 'None'. Phew!   Save your document. 

Once you have done this, the Find and replace dialogue box will remain set up for you to process further poems without having to go through the same rigmarole each time.  It is worth it, honest.

And the two poems?  Blackberry Picking (Heaney) and The Tyger (Blake).


 

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