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Before You Were Mine Teaching Resources

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Before You Were Mine by Carol Ann Duffy  

This engaging GCSE teaching resource explores Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Before You Were Mine’ (AQA GCSE English Literature Love and Relationships Anthology) in detail. The resource is made up of a 22-slide editable PowerPoint presentation and 4 worksheets.

Contents include:

Do Now Task – Life in the 1950s and parent / child relationships.

Making Predictions – Using the title ‘Before You Were Mine’, what do you think the poem is about?

Context – Learning about Carol and Duffy, the 1950s and Marilyn Monroe.

Exploring Meaning – Analysing the poem, exploring and discussing key quotes in detail. 

Themes – Considering the themes of love, parenting, responsibility, youth and the role of women in society.

Language – Exploring Duffy’s word choices and use of imagery.

Structure and Form – How Duffy arranges the poem on the page, the use of enjambment and how the past and the present are presented.

Essay Writing – An extended answer question (How does Duffy present motherhood in ‘Before You Were Mine’?) to assess understanding. Includes example answers. Peer assessment opportunities.

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