The Power of Poetry:

In this Unit we will be exploring the powerful nature of Poetry and its ability to give us insight and understanding into different elements of History. We will explore the effect of different poetic techniques and devices and will explore different poets and poems as a class. The final assessment has a heavy emphasis on Imagery and will require you to understand and communicate in detail about a poem of your choice.

An Outline of our Unit and how are lessons will look:

Assessment Documents and Overview of Unit:

Unit overview (Prone to change):

Final Assessment:

For your Assessment piece you are given four options to choose from. Choose an Assessment task that you think will tap into your strengths or, if you're up for a challenge, choose an Assessment task that will challenge you. For what RAFT section you choose, see the accompanying task outlines and rubrics below. These will give you more details on your assessment.

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Raft 1:

Raft 2:

Raft 3:

You need to be careful that you have not just chosen this RAFT because you believe it will be the easiest. If you are not creating a hard copy of the images but taking them from the internet you must make sure you edit them to suit your poem. A Picture book that has illustrations without any of your own creative input will struggle to receive a high mark for Criteria 2 + 3.

For interesting images, try Pinterest.
Some examples are,
- You could arrange the words to form a shape that is relevant to your Poem.
- Or you could incorporate text and images like the book above.
- You could layer images on Photoshop to create interesting collages.

Check out my Pinterest page for a few more ideas...

Or even,
Want to create a fun way to present you Picture book? Check out this illustrator's story...

Raft 4:

Poetry Booklet:

In this booklet are a selection of poems that we explored in class. However, do not be afraid to choose another poem that takes your interest.

The Power of Language:

The Honey Badger - Colloquialisms

Winston Churchill - Igniting a Nation's Passion

Techniques and Devices:

A witty way to remember Onomatopoeia - Thank you Cookie Monster.

Tone: The emotion that the author is feeling as they write. E.g., Bitter, Regretful, Sorrowful
Hyperbole: Extreme exaggeration. E.g., A thousand eyes were on me as I entered the room
Emotive words: Words that create an emotion. E.g., Brave, Heroic, Humiliation
Metaphor: A figure of speech that compares unlike objects. E.g., Your brother is a pig.
Onomatopoeia: The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning. E.g., Splash! Bang! Sizzle
Imagery: Creates a picture in your mind. E.g., A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Simile: A comparison usually using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. E.g., As busy as a bee.
Theme: The central idea of the poem; what it is about. E.g., Death, Love, War
Personification: When animals or objects are said to have human characteristics. E.g., The sun smiled on the grass below. The stars danced playfully.
Enjambment: When sentences run into the next line with no punctuation or pause between them.
E.g., The holy time is quiet as a Nun
Breathless with adoration; the
broad sun
Alliteration: The repetition of one or more initial letters. E.g., Delightful daffodils
Rhyme: When two or more words have the same sound at the end of a sentence. E.g., Toil; oil
Repetition: When a sentence or phrase is repeated. A poet does this for effect. E.g., Repeated use of a line at the start of a stanza.
Structure: The organisation of a poem including how many stanzas it has. E.g., Is it regular or irregular? How many stanzas has it got?

Courtly Love - Going back to Shakespeare's time.

These clips are an example of what this era would have been like:

Rhyme Scheme Exercise - Sonnet 29:

The Sun Rising: John Dunne:

Bright Star, John Keats

Bright Star - A poignant reading of the poem from the film Bright Star

Louis MacNeice, Entirely

Mid-Unit Assessment:
This is used to give me an insight into your current understanding of Poetry and the topics covered in this unit. It will help me identify what I need to address again in class. Follow the link below:

One Evening, W. H. Auden

Poetry Analysis:

Task Sheet:

The Cave - Mumford and Sons:

Class Analysis: