Today, we will write our
“first thoughts” about war, then compare these ideas with each
other. After this, we will read a poem by the great Polish poet,
Wislawa Szymborska, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for
Take 10 minutes to write
anything that comes to your mind about war. Don’t worry about
spelling, punctuation, sentence structure etc. You may write in
point form if you wish. Try to write down as many of your
thoughts as possible.
Sharing our Ideas:
Working in groups, share
your thoughts on war.
Note where your ideas are
similar to other students and where the ideas are different.
Reading the Poem:
Now, with your group, read
the poem, “The End and the Beginning.” Share your thoughts about
the poem with the other students.
*I have defined some
difficult vocabulary for you on a
Writing Assignment (Due on Wednesday,
February 2, 2005)
Szymborska’s poem looks at
war in an interesting way. Write your personal reaction to her
poem. Give reasons for your reaction and make sure to quote the
poem at least 3 times in your paragraph.
from 125 to 150 words.
at least five corrections to your first draft and make a new
copy of your paragraph.
in your original and your revised copy in class.
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