'The Manhunt', by Simon Armitage

A Poetry Lesson Plan from Education Umbrella

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'After the first phase,
after passionate nights and intimate days,

only then would he let me trace
the frozen river which ran through his face'.

Beloved poet Simon Armitage movingly depicts a wife's search for her husband's troubled mind in this excellent poem.

Our lesson plan begins with students considering the meaning of 'shell sock' and 'post-traumatic stress', and ends with a creative writing task.

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Year 10 [GCSE] - Year 11 [GCSE]
Subjects Covered:
  • English 1st Language
  • • Poetry

Objectives

  • to consider the meaning of 'shell sock' and 'post-traumatic stress'
  • to understand the imagery of the poem and how it relates to warfare
  • to complete a creative writing task in the role of the narrator

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