Year 9 – How To Approach A Poem

Autumn Term One -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 19th October 2014.

What is the assessment task?
Students write a response to a previously ‘unseen poem’.

How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Writing 1 & 2 and Reading 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. Please click on the link below for details of each assessment focus.

How to Approach a Poem

What students can do to prepare:
Master key-word spellings and their meaning: Poem, Poet, Mood, Tone, Rhyme, Rhythm, Connotation, Denotation, Theme, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Assonance, Device, Technique, Dialect, Accent, Sonnet, Stimulus, Repetition, Structure, Culture.

Read a range of poetry: Go to to find a huge range of poems. After you have read a poem consider the following:

A. What is the denotation of the poem? Is there an explicit meaning?
B. What is the connotation of the poem? (Does it have one?) Is there an implicit or ‘deeper’ meaning beneath the surface.
C. Choose one word or a short phrase from the poem and have a think about why the poet may have chosen that particular word. What effect do you think they were trying to create?

Read multiple poems by the same poet: Can you identify any links between the poems?  Is there anything that connects the texts?  Are they similar thematically?  Do they have a similar structure?  Why might this be?

You might also like to try writing your own poem then getting someone else to read it and suggest what the denotation and possible connotation is.  In addition, ask them to closely analyse one word, or a short phrase that you have used in your poem and see if you have achieved your desired effect.


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