Ala' Ala'

Upper intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about poetry in the context of teens stage

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of poetry in the context of teens stage


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

T. starts with grab attention about the poem's title (Summer of His Fourteenth Year) by asking the following questions 1. What is Summer? (a season) are we already in summer? (yes) 2. Which gender this sentence shows? (male because of his) 3. How old is the male? He is 14 4. Is he elder than you? Yes 5. What is this stage in our lives called? teens are you in this? yes

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

*Teacher leads S. to look at the text and answer the questions as a short gist task 1. What is this text? a) poem b) article 2. What do we call the paragraphs in this text? a) short paragraph b) stanza *Now match the words with the definitions in the following 1. Rhyme : Some poems use rhyming words to create a certain effect. Not all poems are rhyming. Poetry that does not rhyme is called "free verse poetry. 2. Rhythm : Sometimes poets use repetition of sounds or patterns to create a musical effect in their poems. Rhythm can be created by using the same number of words or syllables in each line of a poem. Rhythm can be described as the beat of the poem. 3. Figurative Language : Figurative language is often found in poetry. The following types of figurative language are often seen in poems. (Simile , Metaphor , Personification) 4. Simile : Compares two things using "like" or "as." The girl is like a tornado on the basketball court. 5. Metaphor : Comparing two things by saying one thing actually is another thing. The girl is a tornado on the basketball court. 6. Personification : Giving human characteristics to a non-living thing. The autumn leaves danced across the street. 7. Alliteration : means the repetition of a certain sound.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

T. starts a detailed reading, giving this handout Part A: Read the poem and choose the correct answer a. What is the correct definition of the word RESONANT as used in line 1 of the poem? 1. light and without too much noise 2. something that is used to prepare a bow for a stringed instrument 3. deep, clear, and continuing to sound 4. when you answer a question that was offered in class b. What is an accurate definition of the term RESEMBLES as it is used in line 3 of the poem? 1. has appearance in common with someone or something 2. gives a certain way of thinking to a particular issue 3. to come together for a program 4. working on project together with other students in the class c. What is the correct definition for the term INTERMITTENT as it is used in line 12 of the poem? 1. occurring consistently without any breaks; continuously 2. when the commercial break comes on during your favorite program 3. enjoying the break when you are at an athletic game 4. occurring at irregular intervals with breaks; not continuous or steady d. What is a good SYNONYM for the word WAILING as used in line 15? 1. crying 2. laughing 3. running 4. loud Part B: Read the poem and choose the correct answer 1. In ¨Summer of His Fourteenth Year¨ the speaker - a) is angry because her son misbehaves b) does not understand why her son is so restless c) is filled with grief because her son has died d) accepts that change is a part of growing up. 2. What does the poet imply about the speaker’s relationship to her son in “Summer of His Fourteenth Year”? a) The speaker feels more distant from her son during his teen years. b) The speaker listens to her son as he describes his problems during his teen years. c) The speaker does not mind cleaning up after her son during his teen years d) The speaker helps her son pursue his interests during his teen years. 3. In “Summer of His Fourteenth Year,” which statement best describes adolescent challenges based on lines 20–24? a) Teens might still rely on their mothers in times of need. b) Teens might still rely on their mothers in times of need. c) Teens sometimes need a close connection to their mothers. d) Teens try to grow up by pulling away from their mothers. 4. Which is the following is an example of a simile? a) as tensely strung as the tennis racket he grips b) Intermittent impulses, quickly sated c) Wailing guitars weave a cocoon d) Surliness is his knife 5. An important message in "Summer of his Fourteenth Year" is that-- a) teenagers are messy and inconsiderate b) it's impossible to communicate with a surly teenager c) leaving childhood behind is hard for parents and teens d) parents of teens are too nagging and protective

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

Part C: Read the poem and answer the following questions in groups 1. Read stanzas 1–3 of “Summer of His Fourteenth Year” aloud. What effect does the author create by using dashes in these Stanzas? Answers May Vary The author uses dashes in the second line “My child is gone ---” which makes the reader pause, almost like the author wants to create space or leave the reader hanging for a moment to think about those words. They also use dashes in the third stanza “He leaves a trail of teenage hunger ---” Here I think they are using it to set up a list. The next line reads about half empty Coke cans, etc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Reread lines 10–17 of “Summer of His Fourteenth Year.” What effect is created by the poet’s use of alliteration and rhyme in these two stanzas? Answers May Vary Alliteration means the repetition of a certain sound. In line 13 the author writes “intermittent impulses” which both have that sharp “I” sound and actually makes the reader sound like they are pausing in their words. They also use “trail of teenage” which puts more emphasis on the “t” sound and brings more attention to the second word “teenage.”

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