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Published: 15/01/2003
KS3 KS4 | Poetry
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Exploring a poem

A detailed step by step guide. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.    

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Ruth Newbury
Ruth Newbury
I use this "recipe" for analysing a poem with all my groups. For the first term we tend to work on a poem with the worksheet ready to refer to. We move on to working without it and seeing just how much we can do without using the sheet. I also work with the headings as prompts that we dip into from a box so that they learn that you can group your information in a number of ways.
In conjunction with this I use the specific poetry vocabulary sheets - you get more marks for using the precise word required.
All my students also have a "collect a quote" page where they pop in lines from any texts that have appealed to them. The ability to use their favourite quotes when writing about another work have earned them credit in external examinations - according to visits to my department from examiners.
Posted on 17th July 2013

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