This lesson aims to build students’ understanding of E.E Cummings’ key messages in ‘next to of course god america i,’ with a particular focus upon the language and structure of the poem. By the end of the lesson, students demonstrate their knowledge of the text analytically, through assured, appropriate, and sustained interpretations.
Students learn through a logical and step-by-step learning journey, including:
-Defining the key term 'patriotism' and considering its pros and cons;
-Understanding key information about E.E Cummings' life;
-Reading and interpreting the poem;
-Investigating the structural make-up of the poem, and considering how this links to the poet's message;
-Identifying the language features used throughout the poem, and considering how these link to the poet's message;
-Analysing how language and structure create meaning through the poem;
-Peer assessing each others' learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including hyperlinks to informative and engaging videos)
- Copy of poem;
- Structure key questions task (answers on the PowerPoint);
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.