This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Farmhand” by James K. Baxter. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021. The poem can be taught independently of the IGCSE Literature exams and curriculum, too!
The handout includes:
Short biography and introduction to the poet - James K. Baxter
The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary.
Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions.
Food for thought, i.e. essay style questions designed as exam practice or to elicit an essay-style response.
Extensive Teacher’s Notes section designed to help teach the poem, and includes:
a) Context of Composition
b) Teacher’s Notes to guide a first reading of the poem.
c) Suggested student and teaching activities to facilitate a close reading of the poem.
d) MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions.
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