Students’ age range: 12-14
Main subject: Language arts and literature
Topic: Reading for meaning, fluency and engagement with text and critically responding to literature
Description: Step 1 (5 minutes): Students will work in pairs to identify the six (six) hidden words in cartoon. A discussion will ensue about the scene. A link will be made between the rainy scene and the rainy weather we have been experiencing in Jamaica
Step 2 (10 minutes): Each student will be given a copy of the poem Nature by H.D. Carberry. Two students will be selected to do a reading of the poem. A YouTube video of a reading of the poem will be shown. Students will be asked to say how the reading makes them feel about the poem. Teacher will explain that how a poem is read helps to bring out the meaning of the poem and evoke specific feelings in the poem. NB: The slow pace helps you to feel calm and at peace in much the same way nature does.
Step 3 (15 minutes): Students will be asked to volunteer to identify the four seasons and their characteristic features. They will be asked to compare the four seasons with the type of climatic conditions we experience in Jamaica. A brief PowerPoint presentation will be shown on the background of the poet. Students will be asked to say how his background contributes to an understanding of the poem.
Step 4 (5 minutes): Students will use the Compass Points strategy to explore to topic of figurative devices in the poem.
Step 5 (15 minutes): Students will be placed in ten (10) groups of four (4) and each group assigned two lines of the poem. From the two lines they will find words related to nature. A brief discussion will follow on why these words are used and how they add to the meaning of the poem. Each group will be given a line from the poem which contains a figure of speech. The will say what figure of speech it is and how it adds to the meaning of the poem.