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difficult key stage 3 class and war poetry

Discussion in 'English' started by vickyrae1970, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. vickyrae1970

    vickyrae1970 New commenter

    i am introducing war poetry next week with a very behaviourally difficult key stage 3 class - have any of you got any suggestions for how to engage them - i have been kicking ideas around in my head for a week and hit a brick wall . perhaps someone can offer a fresh perspective .
  2. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    Music? I'd go for Bob Dylan's 'Masters of War' or 'With God on our Side', but I'm very, very old.
  3. Maybe try some ideas from this thread...

  4. sianna

    sianna New commenter

  5. pianopete

    pianopete Occasional commenter

    I did a war literature unit last term with a very disaffected group of year 9 boys. It was turbulent and very much a case of trial and error.

    One thing they did find engaging was this dramatisation of Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and the debate surrounding whether it is good and right to die for your country.


    If you want to give them some contextual information I found World War I in colour which is available on DVD or on Youtube quite engaging (they like the gore) but even better All Quiet On The Western Front which has some great depictions of trench life.

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