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Letters From Yorkshire 

This two-lesson mini-unit covers Maura Dooley’s ‘Letters From Yorkshire’ 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 Maura Dooley and influences behind the poem.

First Reading – An initial reading of 'Letters From Yorkshire' with a glossary included. Comprehension questions with example answers. 

Language and imagery – Analysing 'Letters From Yorkshire' 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 'Letters From Yorkshire' – family relationships, nature, distance and longing

Structure and Form – How and why Dooley uses free verse and enjambment.

The GCSE Exam – Comparing ‘Letters From Yorkshire’ 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