Using Ciaran Carson’s poem, "Belfast Confetti”, 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. The poem can be used when discussing a classic war novel such as The Things They Carried, or All Quiet on The Western Front—or perhaps a study of Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, or Martin Luther King as many aspects of lesson focuses on civil disobedience. An NPR interview with Ta-nehisi Coates on the Baltimore Riots and a Ted Talk entitled, “Fighting with Nonviolence” are featured. This of course can be taught independently in a poetry unit.
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. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure. A link to the 2007B AP Literature exam is used as the prompt for this unit is modeled on that prompt.
Tags: poetry explication, British Literature, Ireland, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, Ciaran Carson, annotations, literary devices, War, nonviolence protests, U2, Ted Talks, NPR