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any ideas for poems that appeal to the five senses and...

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lirael Sat 15-Feb-14 11:23:32

...would be suitable for use with a Sixth form group in a special school, whose ability ranges from P4 - 2A? I have an interview for a deputy headship next week and they've created this group specifically for the teaching task (the students with PMLD are usually taught in a separate group). I know it's because they want to see differentiation so I'm planning to deliver a lesson about poetic imagery using lots of real-life sensory input. The one idea I've had so far for a poem is Eliot's 'Preludes' which I think could work, but wondered if anyone had any ideas for other poems? Everything I've found so far is aimed at much younger children and it has to be age-appropriate.

Have posted this in 'The Staffroom' but thought I'd also throw it out more generally!

Florizel Sun 16-Feb-14 01:09:35

How about Seamus Heaney's 'Death of a Naturalist': from memory, lots of synaesthesic effects in that I think. Also the theme of maturing is available on so many levels.

For a short one, Christina Rossetti 'A Birthday'? Christian imagery from the Song of Solomon could take you far.

Sounds like a really interesting challenge. Good luck!

Florizel Sun 16-Feb-14 01:15:47

La belle dame? The weather's about right for it...

lirael Sun 16-Feb-14 11:51:15

smile Thanks - will have a think about those. It's only a 30 min lesson so I think I have to make sure the language is fairly straightforward. Would be good to tie in the poem with what's going on outside.

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