Another lesson involved the students
choosing their favourite poem and then finding another poem
by the same poet on the Internet. This mainly involved I.T.
skills as in the end the printer was not networked and it
was hard to study individual pieces from the screen. The time
factor also meant that we couldn't give more than 2 classes
to the entire activity. I think that if we had more time,
the printer networked that within 5-6 classes the girls could
have studied in more depth, paraphrasing, comparing and contrasting
each of the poems.
Similarly with a different group
who were 'reluctant' to study poetry I showed them how to
search the Internet for song words, which were paraphrased
and explained. There were specific limitations i.e. no songs
that featured only one-line repeated constantly!! The lyrics
had to have 'depth' and surprisingly most of the lyrics chosen
were interesting and inspired a heated discussion on the validity
of lyrics as an accepted form of poetry.
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