World War Poetry: Background, Annotation and Analysis, Multi-Media Project
This mini-unit (@ 3 days) is very student-centric; not only do they choose which poems to explore, analyze, and reflect upon, but they also have a great deal of autonomy and creative license in developing the associated project-based assessment. I use this in my 12th grade British Literature class near the end of the year when seniors’ attention is starting to drift. The poetry is incredibly meaningful, relatively accessible, and appeals even to the young men in the class.
I provide background using a very interesting, interactive website with lots of great information about Wilfred Owen and his life, poetry, and letters. It was developed by the BBC and includes pictures and audio files. Students with phones or computers could access this web site to learn the necessary background information.
The mini-unit follows this progression:
Day One: Introduce WW1 background and poetry
Day Two: Poetry analysis and discussion
Day 3: Project intro and work day
This lesson contains everything you need to complete this interactive, student-driven min-unit. It includes: links to two high-interest video clips designed to pique student interest and build relevance; a link to an interactive website on poet Wilfred Owen with guiding questions and answer key; SIFT and TPCASTT organizers with student friendly instructions; a printable set of 3 WW1 poems, a culminating multi-media project assignment with rubric and exemplar. I have taught this unit for the last three years and my students always enjoy it. All documents are fully editable. The unit is adaptable to any WW1 poetry you have available in your textbook.
British Literature, Modernism, World War 1,World War One, Wilfred Owen, Sigfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, John McCrae, Poetry, Analysis