Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Recent Poem

In all, I spent three weeks covering the vacant English class at the middle school. Luckily, the seventh grade English teachers were all doing the same lesson plan each day. (So were the eighth grade English teachers.) This meant that I didn't have to come up with lessons from scratch. That was a big help.

(I still had to figure out how I was going to present said lessons. And I had to take care of roll and classroom control. I was on my own for grading. It was a lot of work, but figuring out what they were going to do each day at least was something I didn't have to worry about.)

We were discussing figurative language and looking at some poetry. And this was one of the poems we were discussing...

Gotta love seventh grade teachers picking something by Neil Gaiman. I approve of their taste. 

(Last year I caught them teaching The Hunger Games. Imagine that as the novel the whole class was reading.) 


  1. Absolutely loved the poem. And so true of a teenager looking at the phone waiting for a call when all "hell" broke out around them.

    Thanks for sharing the poem!


  2. Replies
    1. I just love that they were teaching it in school.

  3. I think it's a good idea to have more modern writers as classroom lessons. It's a lot easier to connect to.

  4. I cannot fault their taste, either. I enjoyed a second listen with my husband. ~grin~ Take care!

    1. On video, you can watch it as many times as you like.

  5. I have never heard that poem before. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  6. I don't re call figurative language in school

  7. One of my favorite memories of high school is discussing Simon & Garfunkel songs in Sophomore English.

  8. O, a lovely poem! Just loved it! Thanks for sharing.


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