In our last cycle we had an Option class called Writing and Speaking Masterclass for higher level students. It was taught by our awesome teacher Steve and during one of the weeks, they were studying the works of British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot Roald Dahl. Keep reading to find out more about the author, his works, the techniques studied in class and read the amazing poems written by students.
The students studied the rhymes and structure of two poems by Dahl – click on the link to watch them being recited:
The class also studied the Iambic Pentamer, a type of metrical line used in traditional English poetry and verse drama. Roald Dahl made use of the technique and so did a certain William Shakespeare. The term describes the rhythm, or meter, established by the words in that line. Want to know how that works? Click on the link to watch the video:
So armed with all this information on English verse and inspired by Roald Dahl, Steve’s students set out to produce their own verses. They were asked to write a poem in the style of Dahl and for the ones who wanted an extra challenge they could follow the Iambic Pentamer. Here is a selection of the best two. Enjoy!
Aren’t our students fabulous? Thanks Steve for a great class with amazing results.
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