Power and Conflict

Resources and blogs about the Power and Conflict cluster

Here’s a collection of links to some really good blog posts by English teachers on various aspects of the Power and Conflict poems and how to teach them.

Teaching Comparison – Susan Strachan

https://susansenglish.wordpress.com/2020/01/19/why-i-love-comparing-poems-the-process-of-teaching-comparison-cotlb-exposure/

Start with this blog and then look at her list of blog posts for loads of other really useful posts – lots about analytical writing and also about ACC and Animal Farm.

Subject knowledge on the individual poems

Interesting insights written by teachers and academics on the various poems – I’m trying to collect the full set but here’s what I’ve got so far.

Ozymandias –

an exposition into power – Paul Moss

The Prelude

https://mrhansonsenglish.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/the-prelude-william-wordsworth/

Tissue

Two opposing viewpoints on Tissue from two absolutely brilliant teachers and some notes for pupils from another brilliant teacher

https://englishteachersnotebook.blogspot.com/2019/02/how-tissue-became-my-favourite-poem-in.html?m=1

https://markrobertsteach.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/dear-aqa-its-time-to-talk-about-tissue/

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/paper-that-lets-the-light-shine-through/

Remains –

A Guide by Mark Roberts

https://markrobertsteach.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/remains-by-simon-armitage-a-guide-aqa-power-conflict-poetry/

Sarah Barker’s blog

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/a-sense-of-restraint-comments-on-armitages-remains/

The Emigree

Mark Roberts has a brilliant blog – check out some of his other posts too.

https://markrobertsteach.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/the-emigree-by-carol-rumens-a-guide-aqa-power-conflict-poetry/

The fabulous Stuart Pryke’s take on the poem

https://englishteachersnotebook.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-reading-of-emigree.html

Kamikaze –

Sarah Barker

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/kamikaze-some-supplementary-thoughts/

London –

 Sarah Barker

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/marks-of-weakness-marks-of-woe/

Lance Hanson – Linking Structure to Language

https://mrhansonsenglish.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/poetry-linking-structure-to-language-in-blakes-london/

Another brilliant blog from Lance Hanson

https://mrhansonsenglish.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/william-blakes-london/

The Verve

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Sarah Barker’s blog

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/rode-the-six-hundred/

Exposure

Bayonet Charge

War Photographer

Checking Out Me History

Storm on the Island

My Last Duchess

Poppies