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Bayonet Charge - AQA GCSE Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology 

This two-lesson mini-unit covers Ted Hughes' 'Bayonet Charge' in detail. Designed for GCSE pupils studying AQA Power and Conflict poetry, this resource explores the poem in depth and explains how to compare it to other poems from the anthology. The resource is made up of a 53-slide editable PowerPoint presentation and 6 accompanying worksheets.

The lessons contain the following:

Lesson One

Context – A brief outline of World War One, trench warfare and going 'over-the-top'.

First Reading – A reading of ‘Bayonet Charge’ with glossary and comprehension / consolidation questions - answers included.

Language and imagery – Analysing 'Bayonet Charge' in detail. Exploring language and answering questions that delve deeper. Model answers provided.

Essay Writing – An essay question to assess students' initial understanding of the poem. An example response is included.


Lesson Two

Imagery - Analysing Hughes' use of imagery.

Themes – Exploring the themes of 'Bayonet Charge'.

Structure and Form – How Hughes uses form, structure, rhythm and rhyme.

The GCSE exam – Comparing ‘Bayonet Charge’ with ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade' and explaining how to write a comparison essay in the exam.

This is a comprehensive resource containing a range of activities, however it can also be edited, personalised and differentiated to suit your teaching needs.

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