Title: Four poets on time
Key Learning Area: English
Lesson Focus: Visual literacy and poetry
Resources: Class set of Touchdown October 2008 Magazine, English workbooks
TS3.2 Interacts productively and with autonomy in pairs and groups of various sizes and composition, uses effective oral presentation skills and strategies and listens attentively.
RS3.7 Critically analyses techniques used by writers to create certain effects, to use language creatively, to position the reader in various ways and to construct different interpretations of experience.
WS3.9 Produces a wide range of well-structured and well-presented literary and factual texts for a wide variety of purposes and audiences using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and written language features.
Specific indicators of learning
Sequence of teaching/learning experiences
Brainstorm with the class: What do you think of the phrase passing time?
Contribute to class discussion about their ideas and thoughts about time.
Read as a class the four poets on time article in School Magazine October 2008.
Read the poems round robin in the classroom.
Students are split into 4 small groups and are asked to discuss the unknown words in the poems as a group and create a glossary of terms for the difficult words in their poem.
Poem 1: petty pace, syllable
Poem 2: ye, Old Time
Poem 3: twilight, curlew (bird), hastens
Poem 4: cage the minute
Students discuss their ideas with the rest of the class.
During this time, students should also work within their groups to clarify what the poem is actually saying about time. Poem 1: Tomorrow and yesterday is about time.
Poem 2: Use your time wisely because it goes by very quickly
Poem 3: Time doesn’t stop, it always continues on.
Poem 4: We cannot stop time
Students examine in their groups the various pictures that accompany the poem. Students should then contribute to a class discussion about these images.
Students should think about these aspects:
Students can recreate one of the illustrations to support one of the poems in the magazine or draw an image the represents their ideas of passing time. Students may wish to share these ideas with the rest of the class.