Character study within poetry

Core text –Timothy Winters (poem)

English textual concepts focus – Character

Sample virtual program – Stage 4 Poetry

This poem could be used in a:

  • sequence of poems about interesting/engaging/challenging characters
  • unit of work about character in poetry
  • unit of work about different poetry forms, some that focus on character as opposed to those that focus on setting.

The contrast between character-driven poems as opposed to more thematic ones would allow for a deep analysis of the concept ‘Character’. This poem would also be engaging and appropriate in a wider unit on ‘Representations of school’, or on Representations of difference/identity/acceptance, with the emphasis on the English textual concept ‘Representation’.

In their work on ‘Character’ students learn that character constructs may draw on such devices as stereotype and generic convention to reflect values.

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