I picked this activity up from the AQA Effective Exam Prep course and thought it was a great way to get students to focus on the key things when tackling an unseen poem.
Essentially it works like this:
Put copies of the poem up around the room before the lesson starts. To stop any cheating, the best thing is to staple/pin a blank sheet of paper over the poem that the students will have to lift to read the poem.
Put students into groups of 4/5 and allow them, one at a time, to go up and look at the poem for 30 seconds. All they have to do is think about what they…
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