English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'Singh Song' by Daljit Nagra (analysis)

Daljit Nagra describes the process of writing his poem 'Singh Song'

His commentary is illustrated with footage of British Asian shops, street scenes, documentary style footage of Indian immigrant workers and his own performance of extracts from the poem.

This is from the series: Poets in Person

Teacher Notes

Can be used to explore Nagra's effective use of stereotypes.

Students can mind-map the stereotype that Nagra confronts.

Can students identify some of the poetic techniques he employs to do this?

How does he manage to employ the stereotype to convey a positive message?

Finally students can discuss whether they think that stereotypes are always negative. Do they ever have any basis in truth?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England and Northern Ireland. Also English Language at KS3 and English Literature at GCSE in Wales.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland.

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