This lesson aims to improve students’ skills in comparing and contrasting poems. Students learn how to understand the different ways that poetry can be compared, plan a well-structured comparative essay, and complete a detailed, organised, and sustained comparison. Please note, the lesson should be used subsequent to students being taught poems, as I have left the poems to be compared up to the teacher, as opposed to specifying particular poems.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Understanding what features of poems can be compared (a comprehensive list is provided and utilised in the lesson);
- Comprehending how to structure comparative essays as a whole (using a specific formula, which has always formed a successful model for my previous students);
- Reading and analysing a model example of a comparative paragraph, in order to understand the key features within each paragraph of a comparative essay;
- Writing their own poetry comparison, using planning and success criteria that are formed over the lesson;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial;
- Worksheets and resources for all activities;
- A model example;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to mixed-ability year 10 groups, but can be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.
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