Using Chinua Achebe’s poem “Refugee Mother and Child,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, and view supporting video clips. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities. This poem can be used as a springboard for studying a war novel or perhaps the current Syrian Refugee situation.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources such as Ted Talks and film clips. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure.
Key words: poetry explication, British Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, Chinua Achebe, annotations, literary devices, War, refugees, Ted Talks, Children of Men