Checking Out M e History . John Agard. Learning Objective: To write in the style of John Agard . What are these? Why are they relevant?. Worked promoting Caribbean culture, Especially in schools. John Agard. Born in Guyana. Wrote poems. Moved to England in 1977.
Why are they relevant?
Especially in schools.
Born in Guyana
Moved to England in 1977
Worked as newspaper editor
Born in ______
1995: Fred West kills himself, a large earthquake hits Japan, OJ Simpson is innocent, Oklahoma city behaviour, Ebola kills 244 Africans, nerve gas attack in Tokyo, Windows 95, Clinton confirms that Area 51 exists.
1997: Hong Kong is independent, Heaven’s gate mass suicide, Princess Diana dies and is buried, Versace is murdered, Tony Blair is Prime Minister, Titanic is released and becomes a blockbuster, Harry Potter is published, Mother Thereasa dies, first septuplets born, Pokemon is introduced.
1999: President Clinton is aquitted, Columbine tragedy, earthquake in Turkey kills 13000, South Park the Movie, first trip around the world in an air baloon, The Matrix, Boybands.
2001: Earthquake in India kills 12000, foot and mouth crisis, first artificial heart is implanted, Tigers attack a Sri Lankan airport, 3000 are killed in 9/11 attacks, Algerian mudslides kill 900 people, R&B singer Aaliyah dies in a plane crash.
2003: Saddam Hussein is captured, Europe’s hottest ever heatwave, Instanbul is hit by TWO terror attacks, London Central Line crash kills 34, Ian Huntley is found guilty of murdering Jessica and Holly.
2006: mudslide in Philippines kills 1142, first cases of bird flu, oil explosion in Nigeria.
2009: Michael Jackson dies, swine flu, Barack Obama becomes the first black president, Kanye West made a fool of himself, ecomony rises, in Texas a woman ate her own baby, Australian bush fires.
On your own, write what you have learnt about in school, especially English and History and also what you would like to learn about, based on your own personal history.
Now, using the things you want to learn and the thing you did learn, write your own poem in the style of Agard. You must use examples of the four poetic techniques that you found.