Then, I asked and discussed the same question with students:
- What do the rivers look like? (Anticipated answer: The rivers are dirty/polluted)
- How do you feel when you see these pictures? (Anticipated answers: I feel sick/sad/angry/disgusted/etc.)
- Why do you feel sick/sad/angry/disgusted/etc? (Anticipated answers: People don’t take care of the rivers’ cleanliness/ All marine life will die/ The clean water source will deplete / etc.)
I related the above activities by telling students that they were going to learn a poem entitled “ The river ” by Valerie Bloom. The poem consists of 6 stanzas.
Reading: Poem – The River (Form 1)
The river’s a wanderer,
A nomad, a tramp.
He doesn’t choose anyone place To set up his camp.
The river’s a winder, Through valley and hill He twists and he turns, He equitable can not be even.
The river’s a hoarder, And he buries down deep Those short treasures That he wants to keep.
The river’s a pamper, He gurgles and hums, And sounds like he ’ south happily Sucking his ovolo.
The river’s a singer, As he dances along, The countryside echoes The notes of his singing.
The river’s a freak, Hungry and vexed, He’s gobbled up trees And he’ll swallow you following.
first, I modeled the recitation of the poem. This is an authoritative step to allow students to hear how a poem is read with the compensation pronunciation and enunciation. I read aloud the poem by playing background music in Kitaro’s Silk Road. The music is not entirely calming to hear but sets the temper and suits the title of the poem. Watch the comply video to hear the music :
After modeling the exercise of the poem, I instructed students to choral read the poem. I normally ask students to take flex reciting the poem. For exercise, the girls will read the first stanza, then the boys will read the second base stanza, and they will take turns until all stanzas are read.
adjacent, I asked students to form six groups. Each group is comprised of 5 or 6 students. The lower forms classes in my school normally comprise about 40 students. indeed, it is quite unmanageable to get students to form and work in smaller groups. subsequently, students in groups used the dictionaries to find the meaning of unfamiliar words :
Group 1 – wanderer, nomad, roll ( words from stanza 1 )
Group 2 – winder, valley, twists ( words from stanza 2 )
Group 3 – hoarder, buries, treasures ( words from stanza 3 )
Group 4 and 5 – gurgles, hums, echoes ( words from stanzas 4 and 5 )
Group 6 – monster, vexed, gobbled ( words from stanza 6 )
in the classroom. Later, as homework, students may cut and paste the words and their respective meanings side by side in their Literature Exercise Book.
After finding the mean of words, we shared the answers with the solid classify. I used The River_Unfamiliar Words_Meaning handouts
following, I explained the intent of the poem from the PowerPoint slides that I had prepared. The slides have been converted into a television format. so, anyone can watch and use this video recording in their moral.
You may besides download the slides in PDF format – The River – poem Meaning. ( downloadAdobe Acrobat )
For reinforcement activities on the words learned from this poem, the teacher may give these handouts – Crossword Puzzle, Odd One Out & Jumbled Letters Exercises
Reference & credits
The Synopsis of the poem and all handouts came from the New
Literature Component for Form 1 CD that I received from the New Literature Component Course that I attended at the Pusat Kegiatan Guru Salak, Sepang last class. Credits to the panels of writers for preparing all the useful materials in the compact disk :
DIANA FATIMAH AHMAD SAHANI ( COORDINATOR ) BAHAGIAN PEMBANGUNAN KURIKULUMMALAYSIA KEMENTERIAN PELAJARAN
AMAR SHOBHA SARNA ( PANEL HEAD ) INSTITUT PERGURUAN MALAYSIA KAMPUS ILMU KHAS , KUALA LUMPUR
YONG WAI YEE SMK SERI HARTAMAS, DESA SERI HARTAMAS ,KUALA LUMPUR
ANDREW LEONG KONG MENGGEORGETOWN, SMK AIR ITAM ,PINANG PULAU
ABANG MUAMMAR GHADDAFI SM TEKNIK BINTULU ,SARAWAK
NADIAH CHOONG ABDULLAH SMK DATUK MANSOR, BAHAU , N.SEMBILAN
ASMAH ABU HADZIM SMK PUTRAJAYA PRESINT 9 ( 1 ) , putrajaya
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