Nancy Singhal Nancy Singhal

Poem Lesson
Grade IXth level


In this lesson student will learn about the poem- The Seven Ages of Man written by Shakespeare.


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Main Aims

  • To make the learners understand the poem "The seven ages of Man' alongwith its complete gist, theme and also elicit from the learners the maximum inputs during the session.
  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about The Seven Ages of Man. This is a monologue spoken by Jaques in Shakepearean drama 'As You Like It' in Act II, scene VII. This poem is an analogy of huma life cycle compared to a world stage and we all are its characters playing our role.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To make the learners understand various literary devices (figure of speech).


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Introduce myself. Show them the picture of Shakespeare on screen. Ask them to recognize him. Discuss about the author, his writing style. Reason why he is called the King of Tragedy. Give a hint to the learners that we are going to start with a poem now.

Pre-Reading/Listening (2-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Show them the Slide of Poem. Read few lines for them. Start explaining along with showing them the pictures on slides. try to elicit from the students also after showing them the pictures.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Further explanation of the poem. Summarize the poem along with discussing its context, theme and background. Also give the meaning of the difficult vocabulary in the poem.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • Figues of speech- Literary devices in the poem.

Now explain the literary devices. Various figures of speech present in the poem. Make it student engaging session.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Make the groups of the students. Distribute the sheets of paper that you have prepared and ask the students to do the exercise in those worksheets. Provide feedback at the end of the task.

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