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Copy of Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students will read a poem by William Carlos Williams which is about a painting by Bruegel with the same title depicting the mythological story of Icarus. Students will compare the poem with the painting and talk about the theme, story behind it and the elements in the poem and the painting. At the productive stage students will write their own poems being based on the same painting.


Main Aims

  • To provide ekphrastic poem writing practice using Bruegel's painting The Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and William Carlos Wlliams's poem with the same title

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using William Carlos Williams' poem about Bruegel's painting The Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of The Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, the painting and the poem


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Present Ss the painting, The Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Bruegel and ask them to predict the title and painter. - Ask Ss if they know about Icarus or not. - Give Ss key words and ask them to predict the story for Icarus. - Get WCFB and give Ss a summary of the mythological story.

Pre-Reading (7-9 minutes) • To prepare students for the poem and present the painting that the poem İs based on

- Show Bruegel's painting again - Give Ss the handout about the painting - Ss work in small groups and answer the questions - Get WCFB

Pre-Reading #2 (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with the necessary vocabulary to understand and talk about the poem

-Ss match the words with definitions in pairs. -Ss chech their answers with other pairs. -T provides answer key

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

- Write "Ekphrastic Poetry" on the board and try to elicit the meaning. Explain Ss that it means "writing inspired by art" - Ss listen and read the poem by Wlliam Carlos Williams - Ss compare and contrast the poem with the painting through the handout in pairs. - Get WCFB. - Get Ss' attention to the form of the poem.

Productive Task (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice writing and to write an ekphrastic poem

- Ss choose one of these approaches and write a poem in pairs: - Write in the voice of a person or object shown in the painting - Write a dialogue among characters in the painting - Imagine a story behind what you see depicted in the piece - Write in the voice of the artist

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

- Ss read each other's poems and give a mark between 1-10. - The writers of the poem with the highest mark get a "certificate" - Give delayed correction

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