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John Agard describes the process of writing 'Checking Out me History'. He explores where the ideas behind the poem come from. His commentary is illustrated with school scenes and his own performance of extracts from the poem.
This clip is from:
Poets in Person
First broadcast:
6 May 2011

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to explore the use of one word of Creole (Jamaican English) to assert Agard's identity. Students are presented with the phrase 'them or dem?'. What does the Creole version of 'them' bring to the poem? What does this tell us about Agard's message? Who do students think 'dem' refers to? How does Agard use the word 'dem' in the poem to convey his message? What sort of sound does the word make when Agard uses it in performance?

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