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Here and there
Activity 3

Here and there

Nika Ciesielczuk, 2013.

My Gran Visits England, Grace Nichols, Give Yourself a Hug, 1994.

My Gran was a Caribbean lady
As Caribbean as could be
She came across to visit us
In Shoreham by the sea.

She’d hardly put her suitcase down
when she began a digging spree
Out in the back garden
To see what she could see

And she found:
That the ground was as groundy
That the frogs were as froggy
That the earthworms were as worthy

That the weeds were as weedy
That the seeds were as seedy
That the bees were as busy
as those back home

And she paused from her digging
And she wondered
And she looked at her spade
And she pondered

Then she stood by a rose
As a slug passed by her toes
And she called to my Dad
as she struck pose after pose,

‘Boy, come and take my photo – the place cold,
But wherever there’s God’s earth, I’m at home.’

My Gran Visits England, Grace Nichols, Give Yourself a Hug, 1994.

Poetry vocabulary



  • do some gardening (exp.)
  • spade / shovel / gardening tool (n.)

Grammar in progress

La dérivation des adverbes en -ly

a. Observez les mots en gras dans le poème.

b. Quelle est la nature de ces mots ? Comment sont-ils formés ?

c. Quelle est la nature des mots dont ils sont dérivés ?
Tip: observez la racine. ex: groundy = ground + y => ground est un nom

d. Comment les traduiriez-vous en français ?

e. Observez le mot en italique. Répondez aux questions ci-dessus pour ce mot.

Exercices p. 206 Précis grammatical p. 268


Read the poem.
Then, click on your path!


Workbook p. 101
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Focus on the structure of the poem (stanza / line, rhymes, tense, punctuation...). Present it.

Who is the speaker?

Where does it take place? How would you describe the atmosphere of the poem?

Useful vocabulary: The speaker is…
The poem is composed of... This is about...
The scene takes place in...
The atmosphere is quite...
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What do you learn about the main character?

Focus on the structure of the poem. Look out for these devices: alliteration, metaphor, repetition, internal rhyme.

What is the topic? How would you describe the tone of the poem?

Useful vocabulary: The main character is…
The poet uses different poetic devices like...
The poem sounds quite... This is about...

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates.

Can you explain the connection between place and identity?

Do you like this poem? Why or why not?

Useful vocabulary: The speaker feels… It appeals to me…
The notions of place and identity are both connected because…
I enjoyed reading this poem… It reminds me of…

Let's learn!

Poetic guessing game

In groups, choose one poetic device. Your classmates have to find an expression or a line from the poem to illustrate it (they can also make one up). Then they must rephrase it.

Over to you!

Poetry writing workshop

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

Write two stanzas in free verse which will encapsulate a contrast between two places. You will have to explain where you took your inspiration.

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