Unrolling a Poem: Not My Business

From my previous blog (The English Magpie) in 2008 on unrolling a poem.

The English Magpie

image0121.jpg As with all the approaches to poetry I have posted (collapsing and fragmenting poems) this approach can be applied to any poem but I shall be relating it to a single poem. The aim behind this approach is to encourage enquiry by revealing a poem a line at a time. Here is a very simple PowerPoint for Osundare’s poem which will need adapting and beautifying. It includes some suggested activities:

not-my-business-unrolling.ppt

 Essentially you reveal a line at a time and discuss it in depth before building on it line by line. This is a very teacher-led activity but much of the work is student centred as it is them that will be generating questions and answering them. If you have an IWB then you can annotate around the poem as you go. Rather than going through what you might ask line by line, here are a few of the things you…

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