Examining a Poet's Heritage and Culture

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Key takeaways
An understanding of how Grace Nichols’ mixture of cultures influences her writing.
How this has inspired her to write Island Man and what the message in the poem is.
A chance to put yourself in the protagonist of the poem’s shoes and write a letter from their perspective.
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.

Grace Nichols is the poet behind 'Island Man.' In this class, students will learn about Grace Nichols’ heritage and the impact she feels this has had on her own writing.  Students will then apply their knowledge and understanding to the poem Island Man  to further explore the meaning behind it. This is a great class not only to provide clear understanding of Island Man but also to learn lessons which can be applied to a wide range of other poetry. 

Related Classes: English Poetry: Creation of Tone in Island ManUnseen Poetry Comparative Analysis‘Remains’ by Simon Armitage

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Safeguarding reminder:The safety of your child is of the utmost importance. All of our classes are pre-recorded to remove any concerns around live participation. For reruns of our past live classes, students' webcams and microphones were disabled and only the chat history, if participation was requested, is visible.

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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