English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'Praise Song for My Mother' by Grace Nichols (poem only)

A performance of the poem, 'Praise Song for My Mother', by the poet Grace Nichols, in a beach setting.

This is from the BBC series, Poets in Person.

Teacher Notes

This short film can be used to develop understanding of the use of the present participle in the poem.

Students can trawl the poem for 'ing' words.

What effect do these words have on the poem and the image of the mother in the poem?

Students could experiment with what happens when these words are removed and replaced with past tense forms.

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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English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'Ghazal' by Mimi Khalvati (analysis)
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English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'Flag' by John Agard (analysis)
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