KS3 Poetry Alfred Lord Tennyson "The Kraken" Close Reading Questioning Effect Explaining

Planned for a year 7 class but also suitable for year 8, this uses Tennyson’s poem “The Kraken” and the lesson takes the children through the depiction of the Kraken, focusing on the symbolism of light and darkness, the semantic field of size and some of the effective vocabulary (“ancient”, “roaring”, “uninvaded”). A scaffold is provided at the end of the lesson to offer the children some support with the challenging skill of explaining how and why the writer’s methods affect the reader as they do. A short, simple homework (on the vocabulary of ‘apocalypse’ and ‘apocalyptic’) is then set. There is a second lesson available asking the children to compare the depiction of the Kraken in the drawing by Pierre Denys de Montfort with the depiction in Tennyson’s poem, supporting their viewpoint with references to the text.

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Created: Jul 10, 2019

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