World War One Poetry and Non-Fiction: Term One-Two

At the start of year 9, all the way through to Christmas, year 9 students will be emerged in an in-depth study of world war one Literature. As well as exploring some of the most important poems, speeches and letters of this fascinating aspect of History, students will also develop essential GCSE skills such as:

  • Reading complex non-fiction texts, exploring how language and structural choices help create meaning.
  • Exploring historical and cultural context, and how this influences writers and readers
  • Reading and enjoying poetry, from a range of poets and perspectives.
  • Analysing poems based on their messages, and how choices of language and structure communicate these messages.
  • Comparing and making links between poems, in a variety of ways.
  • Developing their own critical reading skills.

Here is the knowledge organiser for this term. This should be a really useful resource for students to revise. It includes the minimum amount of poems students will read and explore as well as the minimum amount of non-fiction. There are also lists of vocabulary that students should be confident with using (and spelling!) by the time the course is finished. Slide three has some key advice on writing about poetry:

You can download these slides here:

WW1 Poetry Knowledge Organiser

Also, here is the poetry anthology students will be working with:

Poetry Anthology WW1

This includes more poems than those on the knowledge organiser. Students can read, research and explore these poems at their leisure.

The final resource includes the main non-fiction texts summarised in the knowledge organiser. Again, any reading, exploring and research that students can complete on these texts would be very useful:

WW1 Non-Fiction Anthology

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