'Before You Were Mine', by Carol Ann Duffy

A Poetry Lesson Plan from Education Umbrella

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In this charming and unusual poem, Carol Ann Duffy, the current Poet Laureate, expresses a desire to know her mother before she was her mother. While the language of the poem suggests positivity, the message at its heart is an uncomfortable one.

In this lesson plan students first think about their own relationships with their parents, then explore Duffy's use of language and tone to create a particular mood. They also complete a collage table to examine the various tangible and intangible items Duffy describes in the poem.

'Before You Were Mine' by Carol Ann Duffy is one of the 15 poems in AQA's 'Love and Relationships' cluster in the latest GCSE English literature specification. Our lesson plan helps students become intimately familiar with the poem, its meaning and context.

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Year 10 [GCSE] - Year 11 [GCSE]
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  • Classroom learning
  • One to one learning
  • Teacher resource
  • Group Learning
Subjects Covered:
  • English 1st Language
  • • Poetry

Objectives

  • examine Duffy's use of tangible and intangible objects to create effect;
  • explore Duffy's use of positive language to create mood;
  • examine whether the lack of structure or metre complements the meaning.

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