Thoroughly tried and tested, lovely 4 week unit on Ballad Poetry! I have used this for five years with ages 11-13 and each class has been consistently engaged throughout the unit. It is suitable for ages 11-14, with particular focus upon poetry discussion and tackling complex ballads in a fun and creative way.
* 12 lesson plans (with 16 differentiation strategies)
* 63 slide PowerPoint presentation
* All resources (including blank copies of poems)
* Annotated copies of poems for teacher
* Homework project
Unit's lessons include:
* Engaging starter activities e.g. quizzes, word searches, anagrams
* Speed dating activity to learn poetry terms e.g. stanza, simile etc.
* Exploration of ballad features and conventions
* Analysis of 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes
* Discussion and storyboarding of 'The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond' by Charles Causley
* In-depth analysis of 'The Lady of Shalott' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, focusing upon the themes of isolation and nature
* Mini essays to solidify learning and progress
* Researching and writing a ballad about the Titanic disaster
* Performing ballads as a group
* Teacher/peer/self assessment opportunities
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