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August 6, 1945 – Alison Fell• Learning Objective: To explore the poets use of imagery, vocabulary and form to convey the horror of a nuclear attack
What facts can we share from the starter activity?• The United States dropped the first (of only twoever used) atomic bomb on the Japanese city ofHiroshima on August 6th, 1945.• More than 120,000 people were killed instantly andmany more later succumbed to radiation sickness.• More than 70% of Hiroshima was destroyed.• The pilot of the plane was called Paul Tibbets andthe plane, ‘Enola Gay’, was named after his mother.
Enola Gay As you watch the film, consider the following questions...What do you think about thetone of the reporting?What is the attitude of thepilot?What is the visual effect ofthe explosion?
As we read the poem, bear in mind the information that wehave learnt about the Hiroshima bomb. What is being described?
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Sharing your work ny• Share the images that you have drawn with a s nd a the person sitting next tofiyou ge e im n w the ed in• Why did you depict the images ? the way you ca n ri b have? s, ee sc as w de l t cpoet trying to convey by using• What was the be re sa s k a a A Whatt was her message? these words?n h li t• E.g. How does the phrase ‘apricot ice’ help us imagine the explosion?
Try to answer this question• How does Fell use words and imagery to show the horror of the Hiroshima bomb? – Try to write three strong paragraphs – Remember to refer directly to examples in the poem – Be sure to name the technique used and explain its impact on the reader
Finally... co me In your pairs, try to ur up with an image of yo e own to describe th b o mb falling of a nuclear nto Stick your post-it o the whiteboardWhose description is the most powerful? Why is this?
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