IGCSE Poetry: "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith TEACH + REVISE Worksheets + ANSWERS + GUIDE

This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021…

The handout includes:

  1. Short biography and introduction to the poet - Stevie Smith

  2. The poem text with information about the context of composition, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary.

  3. Critical commentary about the poet.

  4. Comprehension, Close reading and analysis questions.

  5. Essay questions and exam practice questions to facilitate optimal preparation for the IGCSE English literature exams.

  6. Teacher’s Notes section with MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions.

  7. Study Guide section to be used either by teachers or students for revision purposes, includes numerous summaries and analyses of the poem as well as sample student responses and commentaries.

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Created: Oct 22, 2018

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

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