English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'Flag' by John Agard (poem only)

John Agard performs his poem 'Flag', in a gallery / museum setting with military objects in the background.

Teacher Notes

Your pupils could explore the powerful use of symbolism in the poem using the learning question: 'Flags: Just a piece of cloth or something more?'.

What different things do the flags symbolise or inspire in the poem?

Is it the flags which carry meaning, or do we assign meaning to them?

What are flags as symbols?

Curriculum Notes

This short film 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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