This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem "Reservist" by Boey Kim Cheng. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2018 and 2019.
You can buy this handout as part of the IGCSE Poetry May 2018 / May 2019 bundle, here: IGCSE Poetry May 2018 / 2019 Bundle
The handout includes:
1) Short biography and introduction to the poet - Boey Kim Cheng.
2) Pre-reading discussion activities to introduce the main issues and topic of the poem.
3) The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and annotations for difficult words and concepts.
4) Additional detailed information about the historical context of the poem (e.g. Singapore's reservists and mandatory military service).
5) Close-reading & analysis questions.
6) Food for thought, i.e. essay style questions designed as exam practice or to elicit an essay-style response.
Enjoy, and please give feedback!