Digging by Seamus Heaney (Lesson Plan)

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http://www.slideshare.net/ToninaMarwin/the-lesson-plan link to the semi-detailed Lesson plan in English for 4th year students exactly for this presentation... The poem is entitled Digging by Seamus Heaney. The lesson plan was executed today and was observed by the critic teacher. This is now the edited version of that lesson plan. You may find the lesson plan uploaded in this site as well...

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Digging by Seamus Heaney (Lesson Plan)

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  2. 2. About Seamus Heaney Born April 13, 1939 Lived on family farm in County Derry(Ireland) Published Eleven Poems in 1965 withthe Belfast FestivalHonored with the Poetry Book SocietyChoice of the year award for Door intothe Dark In 1984, he was named BoylstonProfessor of Rhetoric and Oratory, oneof Harvard’s most prestigious offices
  3. 3. Under my window a clean raspingsound comprehension aestheticWhen the spade sinks into gravelly “DIGGING”ground:My father, digging. I look downTill his straining rump among theflowerbeds My grandfather cut more turf in aBends low, comes up twenty years dayaway Than any other man on TonersStooping in rhythm through potato bog.drills Once I carried him milk in a bottleWhere he was digging. Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up To drink it, then fell to right awayThe coarse boot nestled on the lug, Nicking and slicing neatly, heavingthe shaft sodsAgainst the inside knee was levered Over his shoulder, digging down andfirmly. downHe rooted out tall tops, buried the For the good turf. Digging.bright edge deepTo scatter new potatoes that we The cold smell of potato mold, thepicked squelch and slapLoving their cool hardness in our Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of anhands. edge Through living roots awaken in myBy God, the old man could handle a head.spade, But Ive no spade to follow menJust like his old man. like them. Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. Evaluation
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  11. 11. Back to the poemCOMPREHENSION CHECK Read the first stanza. What is the speaker doing? What does he observe about his father and his grandfather? What memories come to the speaker in the poem? How do these memores become a part of his experiences? What does the speaker say he lacks? What did the speaker decide to do? Why is the title enclosed in quotation marks? Based on the poem, does the title have denotative and connotative meanings? Explain
  12. 12. Back to the poemAESTHETIC Based on the lines, can you point out what kind of poem “Digging” is? Is it a sonnet? A free verse? A haiku? Or a quatrain? Is there repetition in the poem? What figurative language was used in this poem?
  13. 13. Back to comprehensionDENOTATIVE Denotation refers to the literal meaning of a word, the "dictionary definition.“ For example, if you look up the word snake in a dictionary, you will discover that one of its denotative meanings is "any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles. Having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions."
  14. 14. Back to comprehensionCONNOTATIVE Connotation, on the other hand, refers to the associations that are connected to a certain word or the emotional suggestions related to that word. The connotative meanings of a word exist together with the denotative meanings. The connotations for the word snake could include evil or danger. Let’s compare!!!
  15. 15. Back to comprehensionCOMPARISON There he is getting everything he wants using his “puppy” eyes. Oh look at the “puppy” it’s finally learning to bark.
  16. 16. DRAW A SYMBOL THAT BEST DESCRIBESTHE PERSON WHO HELPED IN SHAPINGWHO YOU ARE TODAY. BELOW THESYMBOL, WRITE A BRIEF COMPARISONBETWEEN THIS PERSON AND THE SYMBOLYOU HAVE DRAWN.
  17. 17. EXAMPLE:
  18. 18. ASSIGNMENT: Write a letter of appreciation to your parents. Share a photo or video reaction of your parents in class.

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