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WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Poetry Anthology Scheme Lessons 10-17

Adrian Bower | Sunday June 23, 2013


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Lesson Ten

Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand and respond personally to the content of ‘The Prelude’ (excerpt from Book 1, Childhood and School-time ‘And in the frosty season…The Orange sky of evening died away.’).
  • Students will be able to identify and analyse the methods William Wordsworth uses to present ideas about childhood and nature in ‘The Prelude’ (excerpt).
  • Students will analyse the impact of the context on their reading of the poem.

Starter Activity

Show a range of images of winter scenes.

Ask students to come up with a 50-100 word description of a winter scene.

How do they view winter? Positively or negatively?

Main Activity 1

Explain that this is another Romantic poem. Ask the groups to read the poem and see if they can follow the narrative thread of the poem. Focus on the structure and ask them to identify the different sections of the excerpt and label them with a title.

A possible structural analysis:

  • “And in the frosty season…heeded not the summons:?
  • “happy time…The village clock toll’d six;?
  • “I wheel’d about…the hunted hare.?
  • “So through the darkness…with the din,?
  • “Meanwhile…The orange sky of evening died away.?

There are a number of ways in which to analyse the structure of the excerpt. This is just one option.

Main Activity 2

Inform students that Wordsworth, whilst celebrating childhood, also reflects on the grand scale of nature, contrasting the small details of children at play on a winter’s evening with the “distant hill? and “stars…sparkling clear?.

Now groups of four must come up with a reading of the poem, an interpretation based on evidence from the text. They should follow the pattern established in...

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