Comparing Texts: Compare and contrast the poems, examining their ideas, themes, values, and use of language, as well as how they connect to the theme of conflict. Students can begin by considering the different types of conflict represented in each poem, as well as the central conflict in each. If necessary, refer students to the literary conflict web on SB page 2. They can use a T-chart to record their responses. Megacognition: What strategies and skills help you interpret poetry? If necessary, remind students of the reading focus on making connections to infer for this unit, as well as other common reading strategies, such as questioning, making predictions, summarizing, and so on. TAsKs DI CHALLENGE Have students use props, sound effects, backdrops, and/or costumes to enhance the image of the persona at the centre of the poem they are presenting. Developing Tweets: Choose one of the poems and imagine you are its speaker. Create a series of tweets for that person that captures the poem’s message or theme. Remind students that there are only 140 characters in a tweet. Although it is brief, students should still attempt to maintain the same ideas and voice that were present in the poems. Alternatively, students could create tweets that the two poets might have exchanged. Encourage students to design an effective format to present their tweets—one that allows the reader to appreciate the speaker and the message represented. Presenting the Poem: Choose one of these poems to present to your class. Prepare for the presentation by experimenting with volume, tone, pacing, emphasis, pauses, expression, and gestures. Before you begin, listen to some recordings of the poem. Before assigning this task, review the importance of interpersonal speaking skills with students. Next, have students work in pairs to practise reading the poems, and encourage them to share feedback for improvements. Partners should offer each other at least three suggestions for improving the dramatic impact of the reading. Advise students to analyze and take note of the meter in the poem, so that they can express the rhyme and rhythm of the text effectively. Tell them to also pay attention to punctuation, which can offer cues for proper pacing. Research and Inquiry: Research the life and work of one of these poets. Prepare a presentation, including poems or other writings, a brief biography, and a conclusion about how the poet influenced others. Students should include source information and a description of what questions they used to prompt their inquiry. Remind students to keep their audience and purpose in mind to help them develop their ideas and choose an appropriate voice. Have them refer to Focus on Writing on SB pages 53 and 54 as they write their drafts. NEL Dulce et Decorum Est & And He Said, Fight On 81