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No Problem by Benjamin Zephaniah

language techniques
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Jonathan Egan

on 14 February 2013

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Transcript of No Problem by Benjamin Zephaniah

I am not de problem
But I bear de brunt
Of silly playground taunts
An racist stunts,
I am not de problem
I am born academic
But dey got me on de run
Now I am branded athletic,
I am not de problem
If yu give I a chance
I can teach yu of Timbuktu
I can do more dan dance,
I am not de problem
I greet yu wid a smile
Yu put me in a pigeon hole
But I am versatile.
These conditions may affect me
As I get older,
An I am positively sure
I have no chips on me shoulders,
Black is not de problem
Mother country get it right,
An juss fe de record,
Sum of me best friends are white. No Problem by Benjamin Zephaniah No Problem

Target: To consider how the poet’s use of non - standard English shapes and influences meaning Learning Outcomes Watch this clip of Benjamin Zephaniah reciting his poem 'No Problem' Pair Work - No Problem In pairs read the poem aloud to your partner.

When reading, think about how it should be read; when do you leave a pause? When do you raise or lower your voice? What accent should you use?

When listening, pay attention to how the reader is speaking; what tone is he / she using? Does he / she make the poem interesting? Would you read it differently? Group Discussion In groups of three or four, discuss how the poet's use of non - standard English affects the poem.

Tip: Think about how different the poem would be if the poet had used standard English. Individual Task Write a paragraph analysing how Benjamin Zephania's
use of non - standard English shapes and influences
meaning in 'No Problem'. Peer Assessment Swap books with the person beside you.

Write down the level that you think your partner achieved in the individual task Level 6/7
Going Strong: will be able to outline how the non - standard English features influence meaning in the poem.


Level 5
Accelerating: will be able to demonstrate that the non - standard English features influence meaning in the poem.


Level 4
Revving Up: will be able to recognise the non - standard English features used in the poem.
I ain't never done nothin' like that. I have never done anything like that. Rewrite the following three non-standard English expressions into standard English.

• ‘Bill and I haved took music lessons fo two years.’
• 'Terrific ain't it'
• 'Why don't nobody never loosen up and let themselves go? Which of these sentences is
Non - Standard English Level 6/7
Going Strong: will be able to outline how the non - standard English features influence meaning in the poem.


Level 5
Accelerating: will be able to demonstrate that the non - standard English features influence meaning in the poem.


Level 4
Revving Up: will be able to recognise the non - standard English features used in the poem.



Starter Starter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhaXDfIGGzA
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