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Teacher Guidelines


How the project might be used for the Leaving Certificate Course

 
 

 

 

 

Project

 

Use of the Site

This project requires at least four on-line sessions of 30 - 40 minutes duration. It is not envisaged that the poetry be studied solely through the use of the Internet. The amount of on-line time will vary considerably depending on the interest of students and their teacher. As all the material required for the course is available in the project, it is possible, if not practical, to use the site as the only resource necessary. However, it is best used to enhance the learning process and, also, as a revision tool. Teachers and students can intuitively move through the site as they wish but, for those who would like a more structured approach, a simple sequence of lesson plans is now offered.

 


 

Lesson Plans

Session One: Introduction

Students will be introduced to the project through the homepage. They will then be encouraged to move to the biographical page and pursue some of the links. Finally they will be introduced to the links page and encouraged to pursue these at will. No exercises will be demanded during this introductory session.


 

Session Two: Comparative Poems (1)

Students will be introduced to the Comparative Poems page where they will be encouraged to pursue one of the six key themes outlined there. They will do this through picking one of the poems associated with that theme and pursuing, on the page devoted to that poem, whatever links they require for a full and complete understanding of the poems. Having studied the poem they will then be required, either during the session or at home, to pursue the accompanying exercise page. If the project is being used for revision purposes, two poems can be investigated during the session.


 

Session Three: Comparative Poems (2)

Students will be expected to pursue a second and/or third poem on the theme chosen in Session Two. They will pursue, on the page devoted to that poem, whatever links they require for a full and complete understanding of the poem. Having studied the poem they will then be required, either during the session or at home, to pursue the accompanying exercise page. If the project is being used for revision purposes, a second theme can be investigated during the session.


 

Session Four: Comparative Poems (3)

Students will be re-introduced to the Comparative Poems page where they will be encouraged to pursue another one of the six key themes outlined there. They will do this through picking one of the poems associated with that theme and pursuing, on the page devoted to that poem, whatever links they require for a full and complete understanding of the poems. Having studied the poem they will then be required, either during the session or at home, to pursue the accompanying exercise page. If the project is being used for revision purposes, a third theme can be selected.


 

Further Sessions

The amount of sessions will depend on the perceived usefulness and adequacy of the project, which will vary from student to student and teacher to teacher. It may also depend on the availability of the computer room and of on-line access. Students may, however, pursue the project on-line at home. Further sessions could take the procedures outlined above and extend them as required. It is recommended that at least six of the ten poems be studied and at least three of the six themes be explored.


 

Final Session: Toward a Concluding Essay

Students will be encouraged to begin at The Poet Speaks page and view the numerous comments there from Michael Longley on his own poetry. They will then be asked to go to the Leaving Certificate Essay page where they will be offered guidelines on how to prepare a Leaving Certificate answer on the poetry of Michael Longley. They will also be provided with eight sample questions, including two from the past papers and one from the Department of Education sample papers. The session and the project will end with a light-hearted self-correcting Pictorial Quiz to be completed in less than five minutes.

 

 

 

 

 


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