This lesson focuses on Dharker’s ‘Tissue’ by starting first with a look at metaphysical poetry. Students explore how a compass is like love (through Donne’s ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’). It discusses how tissue can be like life, which leads into how power is like tissue paper, before reading the poem. Whilst a very simple structure, this lesson should help your students get into the correct frame of mind for this tricky poem.
This lesson would work well across both KS3/4. Some prep is needed by the teacher - I gave each student 2 lines of a poem each and let them go through with minimal intervention.
Love and Relationships
This PowerPoint goes through each of the 15 poems featuring everything the students will need to know for the exam. This would be great as a set of revision posters too.