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  • 1. Your Dad did What?
  • 2. Where they have been, if they have been away,or what they’ve done at home, if they have not –you make them write about the holiday.One writes My Dad did. What? Your Dad did what?An impersonal way torefer to the pupilsQuestions suggest theteacher’s anger
  • 3. That’s not a sentence. Never mind the bell.We stay behind until the work is done.You count their words (you who can count and spell);all the assignments are complete bar oneand though this boy…Teacher onlyconcerned withgrammarTeacher is strictSuggeststheteacherfeelssuperiorto thepupilsEnjambement reflects how she willnot stop to find out why; just jumpsto conclusions
  • 4. and though this boy seems bright, that one is his.He says he’s finished, doesn’t want to addanything, hands it in just as it is.No change. My Dad did. What? What did his Dad?Her tone suggests he is beingdefiantRepetition of these wordsreinforces teacher’sannoyance
  • 5. You find the ‘E’ you gave him as you sortthrough reams of what this girl did, what that lad did,and read the line again, just one ‘e’ short:This holiday was horrible. My Dad did.Teacher not interested?Link betweenmissing letter andthe grade she givesthe workMakes it clear why pupil wrote whathe did - makes reader feel sad
  • 6. Clashes and CollisionsHow does this poem fit into the theme?• Conflict between teacher and pupil• Misunderstandings can lead to conflictHow can you link it with the other poems?• Stereotyping – not taking the time to find out the truth: Half-Caste;Parade’s End• Conflicts that occur between adults and children / teenagers – “Catrin”;“Our Sharpeville”• Loss – “Catrin”,