Creation of Tone in Island Man (Poetry)

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Key takeaways
Analysis of what we see as “positive” and “negative” language and why.
How language choice can impact the tone of a poem.
Writing analytically about the impact of language choice on tone.
Sarah LeesHost: Sarah is an English teacher at a Grammar school in South East London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent and trained for her PGCE at UCL six years ago. She also teaches Film Studies at A level.

A lot of factors affect how a poet sets the mood of their poem. In this class, students will explore the language choices made by Grace Nichols in her poem the Island Man. They will delve into the meanings and effects the language creates as well as the impact those particular choices have upon the overall tone of the poem. Students will also discover these specific choices impact the reader’s perception and understanding of the poem. This class is aimed at students in Years 7 - 9 studying poetry!

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Suitable for:

This class is for all students in Years 7-9 or S1-S3 studying Poetry in English.  

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
What to expect:
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