Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis

Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
Poetry "Rain", Shel Silverstein, Symbolism, Reading, Analysis
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This is a short and simple lesson with the aim: explain the effect of rain as a symbol. Demonstrate understanding through writing.
The poem used is Shel Silverstein’s “Rain”. The lesson begins with a hinge question to assess what pupils already understand about symbolism. There are then two questions (best used in a sort of pitch-pause-pounce-bounce kind of way) which ask how rain could be used as a symbol in two different contexts, that of a funeral and that of a desert. The lesson then introduces Silverstein’s poem and points out that it can be read on two levels, both as a nonsense poem for children but, with more depth, with the rain as a symbol. Pupils are asked to explain what they think the rain could symbolise, and why.
I planned this to work alongside Louis Sachar’s novel “Holes” though it would work as a stand-alone lesson or as part of a unit on poetry.
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