I planned this for a year 9 literacy class as part of a unit on work that’s intended to embed and develop the skills that will be tested at GCSE. What’s included here is a powerpoint lesson plan. The idea of this is that it uses questioning to develop the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Hughes’ language features and structural features in the poem. The powerpoint covers Hughes’ use of enjambment, connotation, personification and semantic field. There is a worksheet here too which could be used, with brighter classes, for pre-reading or (as originally planned) for homework to embed what’s been covered in class. In my class, once this lesson had been taught, the poem was used for an assessment a week later to test whether or not what had been learned in the lesson had been absorbed - and, again, because at GCSE recall of lesson content will be crucial. Although created with a year 9 class in mind, this could also be used at KS4, particularly for those students who are in need of a bit of support with their response to the unseen poetry question.