Ideas for Critically Engaging with Poetry 1 EnglishMethods2XKervinTut8-16Sept13
Finding a personal response EnglishMethods2XKervinTut8-16Sept132 Teaching and Learning Strategies Personal Jottings: What puzzles you; confuses you, irritates you. What does it remind you of? Questions: List your own questions.. Picturing: Sketch the images that are appearingin your head First Impression: Construct brief instant reaction notes on the poem
First Reading Task: Listening with a subjective lens. Write down some ideas that come to you as you listen. What does the poem make you think about? How does it make you feel? What images do you see? What do you hear? EnglishMethods2XSimonsenLecture7-21Sept093
Scaffolding Tasks to support learning. EnglishMethods2XKervinTut8-16Sept134 Students, today we will be 1. Reading the Opening Stanza of the poem 2. Draw the images that we hear 3. Identify words that are unfamiliar 4. Find the meanings of these words
Word Cline .. EnglishMethods2XSimonsenLecture5-7Sept095 1.Start with a commonly used word 2.Introduce a maximum of three or four new words at a time 3.Always use a sentence to model correct use 4.Use colloquial language and idiom 1.Start with a commonly used word 2.Introduce a maximum of three or four new words at a time 3.Always use a sentence to model correct use 4.Use colloquial language and idiom Construct a Word Cline for a Poem Eg HAUNTS: to feel worried, uneasy, anxious, to be visited by a ghost after death. a place from your past that you visit often My memory haunts me. freaked out
Other Approaches for Teaching Poetry EnglishMethods2XSimonsenLecture5-7Sept096 DARTS Directed Activities Related to Texts - Cloze Activities; - Sequencing and re-ordering stanzas - Underlying or Labelling Imagination Re-creation - Inventing the story behind the poem - Re-work the poem in a different genre - Reply as the Poetic Voice to questions from class Workshopping Poetry in various media
Imaginative Re-creation Writing Activity. EnglishMethods2XSimonsenLecture6-14Sept097 Students, today we will be 1. Listening to the poem 2. Imagine / reflect upon your own or a relatives experiences of having to reveal a secret about yourself to your friends 3. Write down some words or phrases to describe What happened and How it felt? 4. Re-tell the story of this experience.
The Experience of reading a poem EnglishMethods2XKervinTut8-16Sept138 Teaching and Learning Strategies On Language: What words / phrases stood out? What is happening in the poem? What images are presented? What sounds do we hear? What feelings are evoked? On Form: Can you say anything about the shape of the poem? Are there patterns? Where is the readers eye taken? What effects do line length / punctuation have on the reader?
The Experience of reading a poem EnglishMethods2XKervinTut8-16Sept139 Teaching and Learning Strategies On Observation: What is the writer really looking at, either outside or inside him/herself? How are you, the reader, positioned as an onlooker? On Feeling: What feelings are conveyed during the poem at different points? Do they change? Do you share them? How is the readers viewpoint positioned against that of the composer?
Ways of developing a deep and critical knowledge of the text EnglishMethods2XKervinTut8-16Sept1310 1.Personal Engagement 2. Development of Knowledge and Understanding of the Prescribed Text 3.Development of an Informed Response 4. Articulation of an Informed Personal Response and Understanding
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