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GCSE English Literature Unseen Poetry Puzzle Activity

iyerm | Wednesday October 15, 2014

Categories: KS4, Poetry, Blake, The Sick Rose, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development

This activity is taken from the Plenary in Lesson One of the Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 2: Unseen Poetry Scheme.

Decide on your Poem

Choose a poem you are studying that you want the students to analyse. This scheme is looking at ‘The Sick Rose’ by William Blake.

Draw some jigsaw puzzle pieces on the board and ask students to do the same in their books.

Pose the question “What pieces make up ‘The Sick Rose’ puzzle?? Ask students to insert some of the possible meanings of the poem onto each puzzle piece.

Discuss the effects of the multiple meanings of the poem.

Hopefully students should conclude that the poem’s charm comes from its multiple interpretations.

Learning Objective

This should make students begin to understand that personal interpretation of a poem is crucial and that in poetry analysis, there are often many possible answers.

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