Summer preparation work
Students were issued with some work to do over the summer break as follows;
1. Learn by heart “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.
2. Learn by heart the academy vision statement;
“As a Harris Academy Riverside student, I strive to be successful, confident and happy, to inspire my community and to act with kindness and compassion towards others”
Learning by heart means that you can write the whole poem and vision statement down without looking at the words – or that you can say the whole poem or vision statement without looking at the words.
Use the techniques that Miss Stevens taught you
- Learn a couple of lines or small parts at a time
- When you have learned this part and can say it without looking, add another small part or another couple of lines. Always repeat the first part before saying the second part.
- Test yourself regularly by covering up the words
- Don’t move on too quickly – getting the first bit right will help you learn the second bit.
3. Write at least two pages about the poem ‘Invictus.’
Include your own ideas and techniques you learned with Miss Johnson or Miss Mpologoma.
For example; what is the overall message? How do you know? Which words and phrases are particularly powerful for you. Explain why. What are your favourite parts of the poem and how might they help you to change and develop into the person you would like to be.
4. Read the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling and write one page about his poem.
This poem has been voted by millions of people the UK’s favourite poem for many years. Talk to adults in your family about it.
Why in your opinion is it likely to be a favourite of so many people? How does it help them lead their lives and be more successful? What are your favourite parts? What do you think about the last line? What does that really mean? Is the poem just as useful to girls? If so, how might you re-write last line?
(In September we will learn this poem by heart.)