Monday, August 06, 2007

Year 5 Unit 2 Poetry The Highwayman

Through modelling, explore the different ways of using voice to convey emotion: change of pace and volume; emphasis on tone of voice. Ask groups to explore the narrative poem and select stanzas that they think might accompany their freeze-frames. Discuss how they wish to make their audience feel and refer to previous work on the poem. Remind them that they will perform these extracts orally while their freeze-frames are projected onto the IWB. They will need to select appropriate extracts and work as a group to decide how they will present an abridged version of The Highwayman.
Allow the groups time to explore the poem and select stanzas for performance. It may be appropriate to place children's dramatic images into presentation software to support children's decision-making process. Allow children to practise, record and listen to their oral performances in order to evaluate and improve them.
In shared and guided sessions, use examples of children's work to evaluate and amend performances. Encourage children to reflect on the impact of different performances.
Share these performances with the audience by projecting the groups' dramatic images onto the IWB while children perform their poem orally.

Would this not be the ideal opportunity for a godd piece of Vodcasting- though this needn't be with any fancy software it could just be Photostory3

This unit also deals with imagery, both imagery used of the children in freeze frame and by looking at the images conjured up in one's head by the poem. The framework asks teachers to help the children consider how the Noyes uses colour in his poem.

The Highwayman

By Alfred Noyes

Part One I

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,

The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,

The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor,

And the highwayman came riding-Riding-riding-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door

If I were to talk abou the use of colour in this poem I'd like to help the children get their heads round the imagery in the stanzas by providing some evocative photographic stimuli. Amongst the groups on Flickr is the Wild Wood group. Thier pool of photos shows images of woodland but without the distraction of any human visitors.

A search for a 'ghostly galleon' on Google images shows the following as the top search item:

I tried the same search in Flickr and found :

Image credit: Artcatcher

There was even an Alred Noyes tag, where a further four photos including cobbled streets could be found.


Nic Hughes said...

Once again shows how cool flickr is as a resource.

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