English Home Language- Poetry Lesson Grade 11

Introduction

Todays lesson will be about learning the figures of speech in a poem and writing an informal letter. This will give various knowledge about literature and different figures of speech. the poem that will be done is By your own definition, written by Shabbir Banoobhai.

ABOUT THE POEM

By our own definition is a poem about being misunderstood, and how a lonely child feels when they feel this way. The speaker carefully brings spirituality and nature together in this poem.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shabbir Banoobhai is a South African author who was born in Durban in 1949. His poetry is spiritual, political and personal.

Task

Your task is to answer the questions below based on the poem, by your own definition, and thereafter then you need to write an informal letter to your friend.  

 

Answer the following questions:

BY YOUR OWN DEFINITION WORKSHEET QUESTIONS

1. What is the theme of the poem?

2. How would you describe the speakers tone in the poem?  (1)

3. The speaker makes use personification in the poem. Identify the personification. (1)

4. Identify the tone the speaker uses in the title of the poem. (1)

5. What point does the speaker make about the person who does not define him accordingly? (1)

 6. Find and explain one simile.

7. Why do you think the lines ‘mistake mysteriously, a thorn of a star” is isolated from the rest of the poem? (2)

(Total 7 )

 

Your informal letter needs to entail the following:

Explain to your friend the figures of speech you found in the poem.

Tell her how you know the different figures of speech.

Give her examples of the figures of speech you found in the poem by naming them and giving the meaning of each one of them in the context of the poem.

Your informal letter must have an introduction and conclusion

Body 3-4 paragraphs 

(20 marks)

 

Homework

Draw a table with the figures of speech found in the poem

Process

1. Students must first read the poem "By your own definition"

The poem will be found below:

Robyn Amy on Twitter: "South African poet Shabbir Banoobhai - 'by your own  definition' #NationalPoetryDay http://t.co/yXorNaPm8f"

2. Students must then answer the activity based on the poem. The activity is placed under task.

3. Once the activity is done, students will then have to look at the figures of speech found in the poem.

The figures of speech can be found via this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=by+your+own+definition+&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwivuJC5hurwAhXMARoKHZGiCVEQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=by+your+own+definition+&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1DEBVjEBWDXBWgAcAB4AIABAIgBAJIBAJgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1nwAEB&sclient=img&ei=sqmvYK-XL8yDaJHFpogF&bih=600&biw=1366&hl=en

Once students know and understand the figures of speech in the poem:

4. Students must see how to write an informal letter via this link : https://www.toppr.com/guides/english/writing/informal-letters/

5. Students must write an informal letter to a friend on what they have learnt about figures of speech.

6. Students must draw a table with the figures of speech found in the poem for homework.

 

 

 

Evaluation

BY YOUR OWN DEFINITION

WORKSHEET QUESTIONS AND MEMO

1. What is the theme of the poem?

Defining yourself

Naturalization.

Self-Discovery

 

2. How would you describe the speakers tone in the poem?

Tone is gentle, sad and questionable

 

3. The speaker makes use personification in the poem. Identify the personification

The Blood of roses

 

4. Identify the tone the speaker uses in the title of the poem.

The speaker is making a statement so the tone is firm

 

5. What point does the speaker make about the person who does not define him accordingly?

The speaker tells him that she will give him answers to questions he did not ask

 

6.  Find and explain one simile.

Line 16-18- making you understand is like trying to crush the skull of a mountain

 

7. Why do you think the lines ‘mistake mysteriously, a thorn of a star” is isolated from the rest of the poem?

To put emphasis on the fact that this person’s interpretation of the speaker is wrong, It is absolutely by the persons own definition and interpretation

 

RUBRIC FOR INFORMAL LETTER

informal letter rubric | Rules | Writing

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

the poem students learnt today tells them a lot about misunderstandings and spirituality. Besides learning about figures of speech, this lesson taught them about life as well.

Students now understand figures of speech and how to write an informal letter.

Students must not forget to complete the table for homework

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Teacher Page

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