Project: Art as a form of creation

War Poetry

Task 1: The following questions are just a guide for you to prepare a presentations on war poetry.

  1. What is war poetry?
  2. Name some war poets and famous poems.
  3. How are soldiers typically portrayed?  Is there a common theme which unites the various countries?  What do these representations tell us about  the society which produced such an image?
  4. What are the roles which children played in wartime propaganda”  Why were children “essential victims” in the war?
  5. What was the role played by women in war times?
  6. What is the typical message/imagery in war poems?
  7. What are Sassoon‘s views of the war, of the soldier, and of death created in his poems?
  8. Some literary historians have argued that of the war poets, Wilfred Owen is the better poet.  Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  9. Overall, what value does poetry have for the historian of war?  Can poetry be used to examine the nature of the war experience, and if so, how?  Are there other sources which are “better” for the study of war, and if so what/why?

Some links to help you prepare your presentation:

http://www.warpoets.org/home/what-is-war-poetry-an-introduction-by-paul-oprey/

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/70139/the-poetry-of-world-war-i

http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/FWW_index.html

http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/index.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z38rq6f

Task 2: Together we´ll analyse the following poem

The Death Bed BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON

He drowsed and was aware of silence heaped
Round him, unshaken as the steadfast walls;
Aqueous like floating rays of amber light,
Soaring and quivering in the wings of sleep.
Silence and safety; and his mortal shore
Lipped by the inward, moonless waves of death.
Someone was holding water to his mouth.
He swallowed, unresisting; moaned and dropped
Through crimson gloom to darkness; and forgot
The opiate throb and ache that was his wound.
Water—calm, sliding green above the weir;
Water—a sky-lit alley for his boat,
Bird-voiced, and bordered with reflected flowers
And shaken hues of summer: drifting down,
He dipped contented oars, and sighed, and slept.
Night, with a gust of wind, was in the ward,
Blowing the curtain to a gummering curve.
Night. He was blind; he could not see the stars
Glinting among the wraiths of wandering cloud;
Queer blots of colour, purple, scarlet, green,
Flickered and faded in his drowning eyes.
Rain—he could hear it rustling through the dark;
Fragrance and passionless music woven as one;
Warm rain on drooping roses; pattering showers
That soak the woods; not the harsh rain that sweeps
Behind the thunder, but a trickling peace,
Gently and slowly washing life away.
He stirred, shifting his body; then the pain
Leaped like a prowling beast, and gripped and tore
His groping dreams with grinding claws and fangs.
But someone was beside him; soon he lay
Shuddering because that evil thing had passed.
And death, who’d stepped toward him, paused and stared.
Light many lamps and gather round his bed.
Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live.
Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet.
He’s young; he hated war; how should he die
When cruel old campaigners win safe through?
But death replied: “I choose him.” So he went,
And there was silence in the summer night;
Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep.
Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.
Source: The Old Huntsman and Other Poems (1917)

Task 3: Group work

Each group will be in charge of analysing a war poem and teach it to the class.

Task 4: Think of a war, or conflict today. Find a poem which deals with that topic. Share it with the class.

Task 5: Prepare a post in your blog which includes the presentation on war poetry, the poem analysed in class , all the poems presented by each and every group and the poem on a current conflict or war!

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To the Evening Star

To the Evening Star is a poem by William Blake.

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Task 1

Find out information about William Blake. Make a list of 5 events that may have influenced his writings.

Task 2

Read the poem

Thou fair-hair’d angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And then the lion glares through the dun forest:
The fleeces of our flock are cover’d with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thin influence!

Task 3

-What do you think the poem is about?

Task 4

Take a look at this explanation by the poem prepared by Luli Giambruni: https://prezi.com/kcyaxpbtf0cp/to-the-evening-star/

-In 2-3 lines: What is the poem about?

Task 5

Answer the questions in the form of a poster and post it in your blog. Illustrate the poem with photos.

1) How does the poet address the evening star?
2) What does the poet mean by the blue curtains of the sky?
3) How does the poet say that the ambiance in the night is very calm and quiet?
4) What poetic technique does the poet use to highlight the change of darkness into silver?
5) How does the poet indicate that the evening star appears only for a short period of time?
6) What words indicate the poet’s uncertainty and fear when the star disappears?

Tools to create poster

Tool 1

Tool 2

Task 6

Share your poster in your blog!

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How to tackle the Unseen Paper

Pay a look at this video and take notes

Here some more tips:

Taking a look at many IGCSE Unseen Papers, we can come to the conclusion that they usually deal with 5 Universal Themes:

Coming of Age (maturing, growing up, passing from childhood to adulthood)
Post-colonialism (colonizer-colonized, slavery)
Power Relations (mother-child or son, daughter, father-child or son, daughter, husband-wife, etc)
Displacement, alienation (moving away, isolation)
Inner self vs outer self

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Watching for Dolphins

Listen to the poem read by the author

-Listen to it again. Write a question that comes to your mind.

-Find information about the writer that may be important to understand the poem

Poem: Watching for Dolphins

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In the summer months on every crossing to Piraeus

One noticed that certain passengers soon rose

From seats in the packed saloon and with serious

Looks and no acknowledgement of a common purpose

Passed forward through the small door into the bows

To watch for dolphins. One saw them lose

 

Every other wish. Even the lovers

Turned their desires on the sea, and a fat man

Hung with equipment to photograph the occasion

Stared like a saint, through sad bi-focals; others,

Hopeless themselves, looked to the children for they

Would see dolphins if anyone would. Day after day

 

Or on their last opportunity all gazed

Undecided whether a flat calm were favourable

Or a sea the sun and the wind between them raised

To a likeness of dolphins. Were gulls a sign, that fell

Screeching from the sky or over an unremarkable place

Sat in a silent school? Every face

 

After its character implored the sea.

All, unaccustomed, wanted epiphany,

Praying the sky would clang and the abused Aegean

Reverberate with cymbal, gong and drum.

We could not imagine more prayer, and had they then

On the waves, on the climax of our longing come

 

Smiling, snub-nosed, domed like satyrs, oh

We should have laughed and lifted the children up

Stranger to stranger, pointing how with a leap

They left their element, three or four times, centred

On grace, and heavily and warm re-entered,

Looping the keel. We should have felt them go

 

Further and further into the deep parts. But soon

We were among the great tankers, under their chains

In black water. We had not seen the dolphins

But woke, blinking. Eyes cast down

With no admission of disappointment the company

Dispersed and prepared to land in the city.

-Group work: Debate

Make a chart and complete the following information:

  • Context
  • Voice
  • Theme
  • Tone
  • Techniques (literary devices)
  • Personal opinion
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Reflections

In groups, you discussed, debated and expressed your opinions on different matters related to school life and personal life.

Great work!!!

Now, each of you has a question!

Here we have a space to put ideas and thoughts into writing!

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Final Project: e-portfolio

ePortfolio:  an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio.

The real value of an e-portfolio is in the reflection and learning that is documented; not just the collection of work.

Check out the different examples of eportfolios and make a list of the variety of resources they use.

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4

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Literary Devices: which ones are really new?

We are going to start our classes with a review on Literary Devices.

Many of them are very well-known to you and some others are new!

Let´s have a try!

Time to practice: in groups, take a look at the page I have given you and find between 3 and 5 literary devices!

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Plan de trabajo y contenidos nodales Feb 2019

 

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Term 1

a. Find 5 gothic elements in “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Quote and explain the elements.

b. Answer the following thoughtfully and completely, using examples from the story to prove your points.

  1. What is the setting and mood at the beginning of the story, and how does Poe create this mood?
  2. Describe Roderick Usher’s sister –  appearance,  weaknesses,  attitudes.
  3. Find 3 quotes that describe Roderick and explain them.
  4. Find, a metaphor, a simile, a symbol, a foreshadowing. Quote and explain them.
  5. Explore the various meanings of the “House of Usher.”
  6. How does Roderick Usher die? (What actually kills him?)

Term 2

a. Fate. Explain how this is related to the story and find examples in the story “The Open Boat”

b. Answer these questions on the story:

1.Which character in the story do you most admire? Explain your answer.

3. Why are the characters metonymic?

4. Explain the end of the story. Choose a quote to explain.

c.Write an essay: How does the writer make you feel admiration for Heidi in the poem “For Heidi with Blue Hair”?

Term 3

a. Write an essay.

In Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”, Crane demonstrates that nature always strikes back. Comment closely on this.

b. Answer the questions on “Romeo and Juliet”

Prologue
1. What is the function of the Prologue?
2. Why are the families fighting?

Scene 1
1. How does the scene begin? Who causes the fight? Who tries to stop it? Who keeps it going?
2. Why is Romeo sad?
3. Who tries to help Romeo? What advice is given to Romeo? Quote.

Scene 2
1. How old is Juliet? When does Capulet say Juliet will be ready for marriage?
2. Who wants to marry Juliet?
3. Why does Romeo want to go to the party?

Scene 3
1. Describe the Nurse’s relationship with Juliet.
2. Why does Lady Capulet encourage the arrangement between Juliet and Paris?
3. What does Juliet promise her mother? Quote to prove how Juliet feels.

Scene 4
1. Dreams. What do they mean for Romeo? And for Mercutio?
2. What does Romeo dream? Find an example of foreshadowing in this scene.

Scene 5
1. What does Romeo think of Juliet at first? To what does he compare her?
2. How does Tybalt react when he spots Romeo?
3. At the party, Romeo and Juliet join hands. What metaphor does Romeo use to compare their joined hands?
4. Explain Romeo´s epiphany and Juliet´s epiphany.
5. Give an example of foreshadowing in this scene.

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Senior 5

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Senior 4

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Senior 3

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TERM 1

Write two essays

  1. Chong successfully makes use of literary devices in order to make the poem LIONHEART impactful, for it enables Chong to unravel Singapore’s history with a lot more efficacy through the division of stanzas.
  2. Look at this mock paper and answer the essay question on OF WHITE HAIRS AND CRICKET https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/167448-specimen-paper-3-2016-.pdf

TERM 2

  1. Look at this analysis of the poem STABAT MATER and complete the following:

VOICE:

THEMES:

TONE:

3 LITERARY DEVICES:

RELATION TO THE AUTHOR´S REAL LIFE:

2. Write an essay:

‘‘To Da-duh, in Memoriam’’ is a flashback told from the point of view of an adult looking back on a painful childhood memory. Comment closely on this.

TERM 3

Write 2 essays

1 unseen paper

UP 1

1 essay on A View From the bridge

This play ends on a climax with the death of Eddie. How far do you agree that that the writer succeeds in building up dramatic tension in the course of Act 2?

 

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Senior 1

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Term 1

a. Find gothic elements in “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Quote and explain the elements.

b. Answer the following thoughtfully and completely, using examples from the story to prove your points.

  1. What is the mood at the beginning of the story, and how does Poe create this mood?
  2. Describe Roderick Usher – his appearance, his weaknesses, his attitudes.
  3. What happens in the poem, “The Haunted Palace”? What are the parallels between this poem and the story of the Ushers?
  4. Which descriptive details of the interior of the house suggest that the narrator has entered a realm that is quite different from the ordinary world?
  5. In what ways is the appearance of both the interior and exterior of the house related to Usher’s appearance and to the condition of his mind?
  6. Explore the various meanings of the “House of Usher.”
  7. How does Roderick Usher die? (What actually kills him??)
  8. In what ways is this story Romantic?

Term 2

a. Determinism. Explain the theory and find examples in the story “The Open Boat”

b. Answer these questions on the story:

1.Which character in the story do you most admire? Explain your answer.

2.In your opinion, why does the narrator identify the oiler (Billie) but does not give a name to the other characters?

3. Remember that poem about the French soldier whom the correspondent finds so moving? Well, fast-forward a few months. The correspondent is back home safely, and comfortably lying on the couch. He is reminded of the poem again. How do you think he feels about it now? Does he still empathize with the soldier, or is that feeling gone?

4. Explain the end of the story.

c.Write an essay: How does the writer make you feel pity for Heidi in the poem “For Heidi with Blue Hair”?

Term 3

a. Write an essay.

In Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”, Crane demonstrates his idea that man cannot even attempt to best nature by the isolation and trials of the men in nature, the hardships that even the best of men face, and the lack of understanding of nature while isolated in the sea. Do you agree?

b. Answer the questions on “Romeo and Juliet”

Prologue
1. What is the function of the Prologue?
2. Where is the play set?
3. What are the names of the two feuding families?
4. Why are the families fighting?

Scene 1
1. How does the scene begin? Who causes the fight? Who tries to stop it? Who keeps it going?
2. What are the main differences between Benvolio and Tybalt? Who breaks up the fight in the square?
3. Why are Romeo’s parents worried about him?
4. Why is Romeo sad?
5. Who tries to help Romeo? What advice is given to Romeo?

Scene 2
1. How old is Juliet? When does Capulet say Juliet will be ready for marriage?
2. Who wants to marry Juliet?
3. Give three reasons why Capulet hesitates to give his permission?
4. Why does Capulet’s servant approach Romeo and Benvolio?
5. Why does Romeo want to go to the party?
6. Why does Benvolio want Romeo to go to the party?

Scene 3
1. Describe the Nurse’s relationship with Juliet.
2. Why does Lady Capulet encourage the arrangement between Juliet and Paris?
3. What does Juliet promise her mother? Quote to prove how Juliet feels.

Scene 4
1. In Mercuito’s dream, Queen Mab does what?
2. What does Romeo dream? Find an example of foreshadowing in this scene.

Scene 5
1. How does Capulet treat his guests?
2. What does Romeo think of Juliet at first? To what does he compare her?
3. Who notices Romeo? How? Who does he tell?Why does Capulet let Romeo stay at the party?
4. At the party, Romeo and Juliet join hands. What metaphor does Romeo use to compare their joined hands?
5. Explain Romeo´s epiphany and Juliet´s epiphany.
6. Give an example of foreshadowing in this scene.

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