Spring poetry activities

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Spring poetry activities
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A lovely set of spring-themed activities inspired by the poem 'After the Winter' by Claude KcKay for KS3 students. There is a wide range of tasks related to poetry analysis, which zoom in on key techniques, such as personification and metaphor. 

Students are encouraged to interrogate the poem and to consider poetic construction and meaning. Students can work through appropriate active tasks in addition to poetry analysis, with freeze frame and rap creation activities to enjoy. 

Discover additional resources in the KS3 poetry section. 

A sample extract from the resource:

Task 2: ‘After the Winter’ investigation

  1. With your class, discuss what you think personification is as a technique in this poem.
  2. Look at this example of personification:

“And works the droning bee.”

  1. Can you explain how the poet is using personification in this quotation to describe the bee and how it is behaving?
  2. Have a class race. Who can suggest another example of personification in the poem before anyone else? You get a class point.
  3. To win another class point, who can describe how this example of personification is linked to the season of spring?
  4. Now, individually, create a web of connections using words from the poem to show how the poet, Claude McKay, is representing spring. One is completed for you to start your web below.

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