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Climbing My Grandfather 

This two-lesson mini-unit covers Andrew Waterhouse’s ‘Climbing My Grandfather’ in detail. Designed for GCSE pupils studying AQA's Love and Relationships 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 45-slide editable PowerPoint presentation and 4 accompanying worksheets.

The two lessons contain the following:

Lesson One

Context – A brief outline of Andrew Waterhouse and factors that may have inspired the poem.

First Reading – An initial reading of 'Climbing My Grandfather' with a glossary included. Comprehension questions with example answers. 

Language and imagery – Analysing 'Climbing My Grandfather' in detail. Exploring key imagery and answering questions that delve deeper. Model answers provided.

Essay Writing – An essay question to assess initial understanding. An example answer is included.


Lesson Two

Themes – Analysing the themes of 'Climbing My Grandfather' – family relationships and getting older

Structure and Form – How Waterhouse uses rhyme, rhythm, caesura and enjambment.

The GCSE Exam – Comparing ‘Climbing My Grandfather’ with other poems from the anthology. Model answer included.


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AQA GCSE English Anthology - Love and Relationships Poetry

AQA GCSE English Anthology - Love and Relationships Poetry