7 July 2020

Engaging Learners with Memorable Lines from Literature

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Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question ...
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.



Opening lines. 

Lines of poetry. 

Opening poems to pasts and presents. 

Poems that linger, poems that feed the mind, the rhythm of days, of lifetimes. 

Words that string together, locating one in a certain point of time, yet, transporting one to different dimensions of time. 

An interesting activity for students is for them to share opening lines of poems or novels that they have read and remember. These can be collated into a group infographic or shared in a Padlet (or any other collaborative tool which offers imagery as well). An example is here below:



Learners can add images to their opening lines, reflect on how and why that particular poem/book is significant for them, generating a whole world of meaning and collaborative learning. 

If a group of students is reading the same book/poem, another alternative is to have them select their favourite lines from what they are reading and to then explain how that short passage is relevant to them. 

How do you engage learners with reading?

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