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Modern poetry ideas for top set year 8?

Discussion in 'English' started by Miss_s_k, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Miss_s_k

    Miss_s_k New commenter

    Personally I go for something else. A poem they might not be familiar with so they're all on an equal footing. Also top set need challenging stuff that gives them opportunity for independent thought/creativity...

    Something like Ted Hughes 'wind' would offer opportunity for close analysis of challenging imagery but also allows for deeper readings e.g. natural world as violent/ aggressive or the weather as symptomatic of poet's feelings.

    For something really fun though, (nicked from Cliff Yates brilliant 'Jumpstart poetry in the secondary school classroom'), use Sylvia Plath's 'Mushrooms' - could explore impression of mushrooms then they could write their own parody poem, imagining another inanimate object/ plant/ insects invading e.g. lettuce, books, odd socks. You could do a scaffold just in case, but idea is to get them mirroring the ominous tone and the short, creeping lines. Better student should be encouraged to match their sounds/ line length to their object.

    Other poems worth a look which could do any by using a creative task/ crunching some of the poem and using words to write their own, with a reveal and comparison of the original at the end/ allocating groups a different focus:

    DH Lawrence's 'Bats' - lovely imagery/ technique
    Gerald Manley Hopkins - 'God's Grandeur' (tricky but decent!)
    Carol Ann Duffy - Mrs Haversham or one of the world's wife edited. could focus on speaker's voice/ creation of character

    Hope that helps - good luck!
     
  2. 20 minutes is very tight. Something short, but suitably challenging, perhaps? Duffy's "Valentine"?
     
  3. Vernon Scannell is brilliant for top set Year 8. Have a look at some of his poetry.
     
  4. amylong

    amylong New commenter

    I was going to recommend Valentine by Duffy- you could take out the word onion and they could identify clues to the identity of the onion, using inference skills to work it out!

    saw it in the papers-adrian mitchell?
    daffodils-wordsworth-look at imagery within it?
    any of the old 'poems from other cultures' poems?
     
  5. I can just imagine teaching 'Havisham' for a lower school interview lesson:
    "Beloved sweetheart b*stard..."
    "If you could make sure you close the door on the way out, that'd be great..."
     
  6. You could do a scaffold just in case, but idea is to get them mirroring
    the ominous tone and the short, creeping lines. Better student should be
    encouraged to match their sounds/ line length to their object. [​IMG]
     

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