Friday 24th February 2012 Learning Objective: To be able to respond to texts critically and imaginatively, select and evaluatetextual detail to support interpretations.Must: c Should: B Could:A
Praise Song For My Mother• BBC - Learning Zone Class Clips - Grace Nichols - Praise Song for My Mother - English Video What does Grace Nichols have to say about the poem?
Who is Grace Nichols?• Born in Guyana in a small village by the sea. She worked as a teacher was influenced by folk stories and myths of her country. In 1977, she came to live in Britain. She describes herself as having two cultures. Born and bought up in the Caribbean but influenced by her working life as an adult in England. She was absorbed by both ways of life.
Praise Songs• Praise songs are of African origin and are written to celebrate the lives of people they are written about. ‘Praise song for my mother’ is based on childhood memories about Nichols’s own mother.• In Praise song, Nichols describes her mother as ‘deep and bold and fathoming’ and who ‘replenishes’ her whenever she needs comfort.
What do these images offerthe reader? What do we learn?
Vocabulary: layers of meaning • Take a look at the sheet I have given you: Choose the meaning which you think matches the poem and your interpretation of it. Circle/highlight it Complete the INTERPRETATIONS SECTION of the table to consolidate what you think about the poem.To be able to respond to texts critically and imaginatively, select andevaluate textual detail to support interpretations
When you discuss the ‘How’ you:Analyse the steps you have taken to achievesomethingIdentify the process you went throughClearly ‘know’ how you got to the end. Write your response in your books please.• To be able to respond to texts critically and imaginatively, select and evaluate textual detail to support interpretations.
Homework: Preparation for…Discussion piece on Tuesday in class.The task is on the sheet given to you: Here is a reminder: