Starting from January I will work on poetry and the English Romantic Poets.
My teaching unit is about Romanticism and I will work on it with my 4th year class students in a Liceo Artistico in Reggio Emilia.
My students do Art and Art related subjects at school but they are also involved in studying Italian Literature, French Literature, History and Philosopy. I would like them to find connections with the context of the European Romanticism, starting from the Pre-romantics and the Sturm und Drang.
I have collected the main texts and visuals online by using a WAKELET which I am going to share with my students.
We are going to use materials taken from our English Literature Book but we will also use free online materials to exploit the world of Romanticism.
The Learning path starts with the students viewing a film - this is homework for them- and it is freely accessible from our RAI portal- Bright Star.
This film is a focussed on the life of a young poet who died in Italy - Keats- and belongs to the second generation of the English Romanticism.
The next step will be on learning about new feelings and ideas in the late XVIII century by reading and viewing some videos.
Since Art and the Natural Landscapes are important I would like my students to focus on the works by some painters who are associated to Romanticism- this implies that the Teacher of Art will be asked to focus on the themes too. I do really hope that this will help my learners to understand the age of feelings and Romanticism.
The focus on the unit is on poetry and we will deal with some poets of the first generation of Romanticism and the key words like feelings, Nature, the role of the poet in writing poems.
The poems will be Daffodils and some extracts taken from the ballad " The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner".
English poets shared different views about Art and I would like my students to read and reflect on the poems by Keats " Ode to a Grecian Urn" and " Bright Star" .
Here is the Wakelet which I am going to share with my learners.
Evaluation and Tasks related to the unit about Romanticism
The activities done in class will be mainly based on a spoken interaction, this implies that I will check the students' understanding and their reading competences.
What I would like them to be able to do:
- to find connections with the time in which the poets lived and find the main key ideas and differences with the past
- to be able to describe a painting and the emotions we can share while thinking about the landscape and the main characters in the painting
- to be able to express themselves by replying to questions in English both in writing and in speaking tasks
- to use the language and the lexis related to literature and art correctly.