3.0 Sounds and Sights
Anne: When I woke up, I heard my clock alarming. - I heard the shower. - And I heard a bird. + When I opened my eyes, I saw my clock. - And I saw my pillow. +
Ellen: When I woke up, I heard the clock ticking. - I heard the birds singing. + And I heard the shower, my mother was in there. – When I opened my eyes, I saw nothing, because it was dark. + And I saw a part of the curtains. +
3.1 What did the I-figure see and hear?
Things seen Things heard
Magpie getting at sparrows Magpie’s cry
Sound of machine-gun
Sound of dying sparrows
One sparrow being eaten some distance away
3.2 Answer true or false
3. false, The magpie in line 23 is the uncertainly of live
3.3 Do you understand?
1. A. the young sparrows
2. A. what happened to be one sparrow
3. B. my mind
4. A. the great break
3.4 Describe the I-figure
Realistic 3 Angry 1
Fun-loving 2 Lazy 4
He is a realistic person and an intelligent person too, because he relates the magpie and the other birds with his own life. He’s very sentimental and caring. He’s not angry, because he tells it not with aggressive words.
3.5 Focus on form
1. It sounds negative and threatening.
2. A sharp … t/m in June (line 4 & 5)
Line 14 & 15
Line 19 & 20
3. - I woke when a magpie hammered, its machine-gun voice. (Line 1 & 2). Het is als een machine geweer. It’s a metaphor. - From close range into my ear as if in the same room (Line 2 & 3). Het lijkt alsof het in dezelfde kamer is. It’s a simile. - The sky, a whole smooth eggshell (Line 5 & 6). De lucht als een eggshell (vertaling niet te vinden) It’s a metaphor. 4. It’s all with a ‘b’. It sounds nice.
3.6 You and the text
Ellen: 1. The magpie was smashing a sparrow’s nest above the window, pick-axing trough the downed, just-feathering young. It’s not hot to image, and a like the way of the nature. However also that it is the way of a human-being. 2. It’s machine-gun voice from close range into my ear as if on the same room. 3. Abstract. You can illustrate it very well because he’s a human-being. However also figurative because of the machine-gun voice. 4. One was lifted fifty yards away to a bough and banged and broken and gulped.
Anne: 1. ‘I woke when a magpie hammered’ That’s my favourite line because I often wake up of the noise that the birds make. 2. Line 7 t/m 12. The magpie was smashing a sparrow’s nest, above the window, pick-axing through. To the downed, just-feathering young. Ten days hatched, they were spiked. Out of their lined, close world by a black Bill and an implacable eye. 3. Figurative because you can see that the magpie is smashing at a sparrow nest. 4. Line 19 t/m 24. And how it seems to live in another medium, unseen, unknown, outside. Till the great beak smashes in. Knowing it is no benefit. I hear the black-white-black flap of that magpie come chattering back for the next grab.
4. ‘The Rat’ and ‘The Twa Corbies’
4.0 Instant reactions
Ellen: Title Association Reaction +/- ‘The Rat’
‘The Twa Corbies’ Disgusting animal
Great bird Scary
Anne: Title Association Reaction +/- ‘The Rat’
‘The Twa Corbies’ Thoot
4.1 Check your predictions
4.2 Answer the questions on ‘The Rat’
1. We think that the rat is the I-figure, because he is saying in the last paragraph that he’ll pick one of her cheek-bones. And rats are sneakily just like that sentence. 2. See at 1. 3. The rat. 4. The I-figure and that is the rat is left at home, that is what we are thinking. I’ll pick at one of her cheek-bones, that’s sounds very angry.
4.3 Compare picture and poem -
4.4 Answer true or false
1. False, the I in line 6 is a corbie. 2. False, in line 4 is another speaker than in line 5. 3. False, the hawk, the hound and the lady of the knight know where he lay. 4. False, the corbies want to have his eyes and his flesh. 5. True.
4.5 Compare the texts
The Rat The Twa Corbies
Human Being Rhyme Animal
English Death Song
4.6 Interview a classmate -
4.7 Creative group work
a. – b.
This poem is very strange. It’s very difficult to find out who the I-figure is and who is left a home. We have read this poem more than three times, certainly. And yet it is still too difficult to figure who is the I-figure and who is left at home. It’s about someone how is spying a family, we don’t know what kind of family it is, I can be just humans, but also animals, maybe a rat? It happens all in a house. Finally we think that the I-figure is a rat, who is spying a humanly family and they are doing things and the rat is explaining that. We don’t know why this poem is written, it’s a stupid poem. We would like to hear the opinion of the readers.
5. ‘The Horse Whisperer’
Anne: 1. I have heard of home apathy, and paranormal healing. 2. A friend of my parents has had home apathy and another friend of my parents has do paranormal healing. 3. Yes, I will do it maybe as last resort.
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