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

A performance of the poem, 'Singh Song', by the poet Daljit Nagra, in a convenience store setting.

This is from the series: Poets in Person

Teacher Notes

Nagra references traditional situation comedies that have often stereotyped Indian culture.

By using this structure he reclaims the comedy and uses it to poke fun at his own culture, instead of having this done by people who are not part of Indian culture.

Students can discuss their views on the effectiveness of Nagra's use of this overall structure.

What conclusions can students draw about the use of such vivid characters, situations and dialogue in the poem?

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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