Carol Ann Duffy - Mean Time
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Crunched up 'Havisham'
A crunched version of 'Havisham' with activities.
A useful revision resource for assessing relationships between various poems on the theme of nostalgia. Works best blown up to A3 size.
Group tasks for Havisham
A way of encouraging students to look independently at the poem. Divide students into pairs or small groups and distribute the 'structuralist', 'linguist', 'imagist' or 'dramatist' boxes.
Havisham - pulling the poem apart
A set of thought-provoking questions on Duffy's poem.
'Valentine' question grid
A group activity. Students work in groups to complete the relevant question boxes. (Works well as a jigsaw activity with students reporting back on each question to their 'home' group.)
Time in Mean Time
An introduction to this theme in the poems.
Detailed notes for revising or preparing this poem.
Detailed 'Valentine' notes and activities
Explore the themes and ideas in the poem in greater detail.
Revision grid - time in Mean Time
Revision grid - love in Mean Time
Revising Mean Time
Complete the grid.
Essay plan: love in Mean Time
Childhood in 'Litany', 'Stafford Afternoons', 'Confession'
'Brothers' and 'Before You Were Mine'
Exploring family relationships in these poems.
Focus on language & structure (designed for KS5).
'Captain of the 1964 .. ', 'Good Teachers', 'Welltread'.
Love and relationships in the poems
Preparing for comparisons, in 'First Love', 'Crush', 'Disgrace', 'Close' and 'Adultery'.
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