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Before You Were Mine

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"Before You Were Mine"
Carol Ann Duffy
S2
Poem Study
I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on
with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff.
The three of you bend from the waist, holding
each other, or your knees, and shriek at the pavement.
Your polka-dot dress blows round your legs. Marilyn.
I'm not there yet. The thought of me doesn't occur
in the ballroom with the thousand eyes, the fizzy, movie tomorrows
the right walk home could bring. I knew you would dance
like that. Before you were mine, your Ma stands at the close
with a hiding for the late one. You reckon it's worth it.
The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best on, eh?
I remember my hands in those high-heeled red shoes, relics,
and now your ghost clatters toward me over George Square
till I see you, clear as scent, under the tree,
with its lights, and whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart?
Cha cha cha! You'd teach me the steps on the way home from Mass,
stamping stars from the wrong pavement. Even then
I wanted the bold girl winking in Portobello, somewhere
in Scotland, before I was born. That glamorous love lasts
where you sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine.
Wednesday February 11th, 2015
Plan for today:
1. First, I need to know your names!
2. We are going to read a poem!
3. We will complete a task!
Task #1
On the back of the poem - write what you
think the poem is about.
Work independently. You have 5 minutes.
Miss McCartney's
SIMPLE Class Expectations
1. Work hard and do your absolute best work!
2. Don't do anything that will annoy me or anyone else.
3. No talking when I'm talking - you might miss important and cool information!
Who would like to share their thoughts?...
For today, we will focus on what the poem is about and come up with some themes! Be ready to talk and share your thoughts.
Plan for today...
1. Group work: With your group, brainstorm
as many techniques as you can!
2. Class work: Share techniques with the class
- let's see what we know!
3. Technique investigation: Search the poem for any techniques we have brainstormed.
Use PENCIL ONLY
What are we learning?
- Reviewing techniques
- Reviewing what techniques do
- Practicing working as a group
- Mind mapping skills
Thursday Feb. 12th, 2015
Techniques
Mind map of...
- Make sure everyone in your group
has the chance to contribute.

- Include everyone.

- Work quietly (you don't want others overhearing your techniques!)
You have
10
minutes to complete
your mind map!
Friday February 13th, 2015
1. Learn about literary techniques in order to confidently find examples in the poem.
3. Explain the EFFECT our techniques have.
2. Begin to ANNOTATE and ANALYZE the poem.
Today we are going to...
Now that we have a fully annotated poem, we can move on to focusing on specific things:
Learning Goal #1:
To review what we already know and show how we know it by finding EVIDENCE.
(Page 1)
Learning Goal #2:
To practice the technique WORD CHOICE by completing TASK 1 & TASK 2.
(Page 2 & 3)
From yesterday...
For today!
1. Listen to what the poet has to say about her poem.

2. Finish the work from yesterday.



3. Begin the next task.
TASK:
methods authors use to convey or show what they want!
Remember: "Techniques" are...
Write about your own Mum (Gran, Aunt, Dad).
Do you wonder what they were like before you were born/before they had any children?

Imagine yourself looking at an old photograph of them like Duffy.


- Provide EVIDENCE
- Take it further: provide analysis
If you want, you can write your own poem like Duffy's.
This is your chance to be CREATIVE!
Write in your JOTTERS
4. Exit Slips
On a post-it note ...
1. What do you like about Miss McCartney's lessons?

2. On a scale of 1-5, how much do you feel you are learning? 1= nothing, 5= A LOT!

3. Is there anything you would change/don't like?

4. What has been your favourite thing so far?
Last 5 minutes...
WRITE
Title:
Make your own.
- If you can't think of one:
"Before You Were My ____"

Date: February 20th, 2015
Task for Miss McCartney
Bring your post-it to me
Name is optional
Creative Writing
Critical Essay!
Learning Goals:
1. To learn how to organize quotes
2. To identify techniques of quotes
3. To explain the effect of the technique
Success Criteria:
1. All boxes are sufficiently filled in
2. You have used a variety of techniques
3. You have analyzed your quotes and understand the effects of the techniques
Starting...
We will work on this:
Wed. Feb. 25th
Thurs. Feb. 26th
Fri. Feb. 27th
3 Classes - Use your time wisely
These are YOUR notes
for YOUR critical essay.
Write neatly.
Use pencil.
Colour code later.
WRITE YOUR NAME!
Aim to fill in ALL 8 boxes
But 5-6 is OK
Critical Essay Structure!
What comes first?
Statement of Intent
Make sure it is clear

Make sure it includes words from the task.

Brief Summary
Body Paragraph
ONE
Body Paragraph
TWO
Body Paragraph
THREE
Body Paragraph
FOUR
Conclusion! THE END! FINITO!
TOPIC SENTENCE
TECHNIQUE
TASK
TOPIC SENTENCE
TECHNIQUE
TASK
TOPIC SENTENCE
TECHNIQUE
TASK
TOPIC SENTENCE
TECHNIQUE
TASK
EVIDENCE
"QUOTE"
What are you
going to do?
Make this summary
relevant to your task
Make sure...

Once you have a clear topic sentence which introduces a technique and puts it in the wording of the task, ou should set about introducing your quotation - EVIDENCE to exemplify (show) the technique you have mentioned.

Weave quotations into sentences
Do not begin a sentence with a quote!
Analyse Quotations Fully!
Focus on:
- The impact
- The effect
- The significance
- What does it reveal?
Use evaluative words to convey (show) your judgement on the effectiveness of the writer's techniques.
How do the techniques contribute to the evocation of theme!?
Begin and end your paragraph with wording from the task.
Sum up what you have done.
"Therefore, I have discussed how (insert wording of essay question)..."
Analysis
EVIDENCE
"QUOTE"
Analysis
EVIDENCE
"QUOTE"
Analysis
EVIDENCE
"QUOTE"
Analysis
Here, the poet helps the reader to understand

that the mother was a often the centre of attention
.
Just as
a mirror ball casts light all over a room,
so too the poet is suggesting
that everyone's gaze was cast upon her as she danced.

"In the ballroom with a thousand eyes"
METAPHOR
Choose a poem which deals with an important relationship. Explain what the relationship is, then go on to show how the poet's use of techniques helps to portray this relationship.
Step one:
Statement of Intent
Remember!
Your statement of intent should use the wording of the essay task, this will ensure that you remain focused on the demands of the question.
Example:
"Before You Were Mine" by Carol Ann Duffy
is a poem which deals with an important relationship, in this case the bond between a mother and daughter. In this essay, I intend to show how the importance of this relationship is developed throughout the poem through the use of a number of poetic techniques.

I have...
1. Given a
concise overview
of the main points of the text.
(Remember: You want to make sure that you give your reader context without overwhelming them with information.)
2. Clearly stated what the
central concerns
of the text are.
3.
Linked back to the task
by showing how the relationship is developed.
By now you should be able to
confidently discuss the central concern
of the poem...the relationship between
the mother and daughter and the
way this changes over time.
main body
Don't panic! Remember, you have don this before and are able to do it again. We have already done all of the hard work, now we need to show off what we've got by following the structure you have been taught...
topic
sentence
embedded
quotation
analysis
&
evaluation
link to task
topic sentence technique task



The poet
Duffy
uses...
effective
successful
clever
subtle
expert
word choice
imagery
alliteration
contrast
tone
to...
highlight
evoke
reveal
the
importance
of the relationship between the mother and daughter.
Remember...context!!
The poet describes happy memories with her mother, when she would
"teach [her] the steps on the way home from Mass."
good news.....
We've already done the hard work for this section, well done! Now, we just need to build it into the perfect paragraphs we're creating!
Important!!
You MUST link back to the the task at the end of EVERY paragraph!
Some helpful phrases...


Thus,
Therefore,
As a result of this...
It becomes clear to the reader that...

The poet
Duffy
uses...
effective
successful
clever
subtle
expert
word choice
imagery
alliteration
contrast
tone
to...
highlight
evoke
reveal
the
importance
of the relationship between the mother and daughter.
Important!!
You MUST link back to the the task at the end of EVERY paragraph!
Some helpful phrases...


Thus,
Therefore,
As a result of this...
It becomes clear to the reader that...
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