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Wolmer’s Boys’ School

First Form English Literature

Course Outline
Easter Term 2019
Genre of Focus: Poetry
Main Text – A World of Poetry, Third Edition

RATIONALE: The first form year of the secondary education programme marks a critical
time in the development of our students. Notably, the literary skills that are required for the
development of competence must be taught and grasped with accuracy and consistency. As
such, this unit will create the opportunity for the students to further develop an interest in
Literature and focus on the analysis of poetry as a discrete literary mode by reading selected
poems. Students will be taught how to interpret poems beyond the literal level, through
analysing how the elements of the genre and poetic techniques help to create meaning. By the
end of this course students should better understand how poems are made and why they are
valuable. Students can expect, therefore, to gain not only a knowledge of the nature, history,
and variety of poetry, but also greater skill, insight, and pleasure as readers, writers, critical
thinkers and literary analysts.

List of Prescribed Poems Author Page

a. My Parents. Stephen Spender 22
b. Ana Mark McWatt Handout
c. Death came to See Me in Hot Pink Pants Heather Royes 185
d. The Deportee Stanley Niamatali 73


Week 1 The Silver Sword Continued
Week of January 7 Chapters 16-20 Reading the text: Chapters 16-
1. Plot: Rising Action 20
2. Characterisation: The Wolffs; Discussion
The Burgomaster(Antagonist)
Joe Wolski Comprehension questions on
3. Themes the chapters

Week 2 Chapters 21-29

Week of January 14 1. Plot: Climax and Resolution
2. Characterisation: Jan, Margrit Group presentations
3. Themes:
a. Symbolism
b. Family
Week 3 Introduction To Poetry Discussion
Week of January 21 1. Discussing and setting goals and

2. What is Poetry?
Find-a-Word Puzzle
3. The Elements of Poetry
a. Metre
b. Lineation
c. Rhyme
Research and share information
d. Rhythm
e. Diction
f. Tone
g. Mood

Parent Consultation begins

Wednesday 23,
and ends Friday 25, 2019.

Week 4 Introduction To Poetry (cont’d) Intro poem: How to Eat a Poem

Week January 28 1. Discussing and setting Goals and — Eve Merriam
2. What is Literature?
3. The three Genres: Prose, Poetry,
Drama Discussion
4. The Elements of Poetry
a. Metre
b. Lineation
c. Rhyme Definition of key terms
d. Rhythm
e. Diction
f. Tone Easter Term Project will be
g. Mood assigned and discussed with
Graded Coursework
Week 5 Rhyme Schemes: aba, abab, aabb… Discussion
Week of February 4
a. End rhymes
b. Internal rhyme
c. Eye rhyme
d. Slant rhyme
e. Identical rhyme Definition of key terms

Point of View

i. Poet
ii. Persona iii. Speaker
Questions and Answers
Types of Stanzas
• Couplet Tercet Quatrain
• Quintet/Cinquain Sestet
• Septet Octave
Data collection for Project
Types of Poems
a. Lyrical b. Limerick c. Haiku
d. Narrative e. Ballad.

Feb. 8 — Sports Day

Week 6 Literary Devices

Week of February Discussion
11 1. Simile
2. Metaphor
3. Personification Definition of key terms
4. Alliteration
5. Allusion Quiz
6. Assonance Graded Coursework
7. Symbol
8. Repetition
9. Onomatopoeia
10. Connotation
11. Contrast
12. Imagery
a) Visual
b) Auditory Comprehension Questions
c) Olfactory Graded Homework
d) Gustatory
e) Kinaesthetic
13. The significance and
effectiveness of literary devices Read “My Parents” in
in Poetry preparation for next class
Week 7 Focus: “My Parents”
Week of February
18 1. Analysis of the
2. Themes
a) Youth b)
Rejection Definition of key terms
c) Struggle c)
d) Class Division Worksheet
e) People

3. Devices and
i) Simile Read “Ana” to prep for next
ii) Alliteration class
iii) Metaphor
iv) Imagery

Feb. 22 — Jamaica
Day Celebration
Week 8 Focus: “ Ana”
Week of February Discussion
25 1. Analysis of the Elements

2. Themes
a) People Definition of key terms
b) Youth
c) Rejection
d) Struggle
e) Parent and child Essay
relationship (Graded coursework)

3. Devices and Techniques Project Due

i) Simile
ii) Metaphor
iii) Alliteration Read “Death Came to See Me
iv) Imagery in Hot Pink Pants” to prep for
v) Contrast next class
vi) Aside
Week 9 Focus: “ Death Came to See Me in Hot Discussion
Week of March 4 Pink Pants”

1. Analysis of the Elements

2. Themes: Definition of key terms

a) Death
b) Dreams
c) People

3. Devices and Techniques

i) Personification
ii) Metaphor
iii) Imagery
iv) Repetition
v) Contrast Read “The Deportee” for next
lesson’s delivery

March 6 — 8 Mid-Term Break

Week 10 Essay Writing Workshop: Discussion

Week of March 11 1. Interpreting the Question
2. Choosing the Best/ Most
Relevant Details Defining key terms
3. Creating an Essay Outline
4. Writing the Essay

Week 11 Focus: “The Deportee”

Week of March 18 Discussion
1. Analysis of the Elements
2. Themes:
a) People Defining key terms
b) Materialism
c) Morality
d) Youth
e) Power

3. Devices and Techniques Essay

i) Personification (Graded coursework)
ii) Metaphor
iii) Imagery Students prepare for group
iv) Repetition work for next class
v) Contrast

Week 12 Students Choice of Poems

Week of March 25
1. Analysis of Poem Group presentations
2. Themes (Graded coursework)
3. Devices and Techniques

March 29 — Third Form Careers


Week 13 Revision Revision

Week of March 29
Week 14
Week of April 1 End of Term Examinations End of Term Examinations

Week 15 End of Term Examinations Easter Term Ends!!!

Week of April 8

Easter Term – Graded Assignments:

1. Term Project

2. Quiz

3. Comprehension questions

4. Essay

5. Essay

6. Group Presentation

Easter Term’s Literature Project

A Glossary of Poetic Terms and Types of Poems

A glossary is an alphabetical list of words with their definitions. Glossaries usually

relate to a specific subject. In this case the subject is poetry.

1. Students are to work in pairs.

2. Students should prepare and compile a glossary of poetic terms and examples of types of
poems. A list with the terms and types of poems is provided.
3. Students must arrange the terms in alphabetical order.
4. Examples of each term MUST be given along with its definition.
5. Examples of each type of poem listed Must be included, along with a picture where this
is requested. (See example.)
6. The glossary must be creatively presented in book format.
7. It should have a Table of Contents.

Due date: Week of Feb. 4, 2019.

Types of Poems
The ABC poem is a poem where the first letter of each line begins with subsequent letters of
the alphabet from A to Z.
As the fireworks
Burst around in
Circles and all the
Different designs, the
Evening gets no longer. So cheers
For all the
Good times we’ve
— from “The 4th Of July” by Jackly Wingfield

List of Terms
An example of each term MUST be given along with its definition.
1. Lineation
2. Rhythm
3. Rhyme scheme (Give three (3) types of rhyme scheme)
4. Stanza (List all the types of stanzas from two [2] to ten [10])
5. Diction
6. Tone
7. Mood
8. Poet
9. Persona
10. Speaker
11. Simile
12. Metaphor
13. Personification
14. Alliteration
15. Allusion
16. Aside
17. Assonance
18. Connotation
19. Contrast
20. Symbol
21. Repetition
22. Onomatopoeia
23. Imagery
a) Visual
b) Auditory
c) Olfactory
d) Gustatory
e) Kinaesthetic
24. Pun
25. Irony
Types of Poems
In addition to the definition, include an illustration (a picture, drawing or painting that
shows what the poem is about) for each type of poem that is listed.
1. Descriptive
2. Haiku
3. Shaped
4. Limerick
5. Sonnet
6. Sensory
7. Acrostic
8. Narrative
9. Found