Teaching the poem "I Wonder" by Jeannie Kirby

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Anonymous:
I have started teaching the poem "I Wonder" by Jeannie Kirby, the Form 2 new literature component. The poem consists of 6 short stanzas. In my opinion, the poem is straight forward and easy to understand. Here's the poem:

I WONDER

By: Jeannie Kirby

I wonder why the grass is green,

And why the wind is never seen?

Who taught the birds to build a nest,

And told the trees to take a rest?

O, when the moon is not quite round,

Where can the missing bit be found?

Who lights the stars, when they blow out,

And makes the lightning flash about?

Who paints the rainbow in the sky,

And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?

Why is it now, do you suppose,

That Dad won’t tell me, if he knows?

Before starting the lesson, I asked a few questions to students:

  1. Have you ever wondered how the chair that you sit on is made?
  2. Have you ever wondered how plants eat?
  3. Have you ever wondered why you can feel the wind but cannot see it?
After discussing the questions to students, I showed the following video (Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden):

After showing the video (my students love the song and ask for a repeat), I asked students, "What is the person in the video wondering about?".

Then, I told the students briefly that the person / the man in the video is waiting for his true love but she never came. Maybe, the girl has said and made a promise to him that love is as beautiful as a blue sky. So, he waits, and waits for her - she never came - and he only sees a lemon tree. So, the song basically tells us about a man who is wondering when his true love is going to come to him.

I didn't go really deep into the song.

Okay (I told my students), actually the song is related to the poem that we are going to learn today. The poem is also about a person who is wondering or pondering about something that he/she doesn't understand.

I modeled how to recite the poem with the correct pronunciation and enunciation. Then, I asked students to choral read the poem. Normally, I would ask the boys to recite the first stanza followed by the girls until they recite all stanzas. I will always remember what my literature lecturer, the lovely Ms Hendon of IPBA, told us that poems are meant to be read aloud.

Next, I told students the meaning of the poem:


Lines from the poem

Meaning

I wonder why the grass is green,

The persona wonders why the grass has to be green.

And why the wind is never seen?

The persona wonders why she can feel the wind but cannot see it.

Who taught the birds to built a nest,

The persona wonders how the birds know how to build a nest.

And told the trees to take a rest?

The persona wonders why the trees are always standing straight and tall, never once sitting down to have a rest.

O, when the moon is not quite round,

Where can the missing bit be found?

At night, the persona sees the crescent moon and wonders why it is not always round.

Who lights the stars, when they blow out,

During the day, the persona cannot see the stars. So, the persona wonders who light the stars at night.

And makes the lightning flash about?

The persona wonders who causes the lightning to flash.

Who paints the rainbow in the sky,

The persona wonders how the colourful rainbow appears in the sky.

And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?

The persona wonders who hangs the fluffy clouds up so high in the sky.

Why is it now, do you suppose,

That Dad won’t tell me, if he knows?

Finally, the persona wonders why his father does not answer his questions. Maybe, his father does not know the answers.


After that, the discussions lead to the persona, themes and moral values of the poem.

The persona of the poem:
  • The persona is the voice in the poem (the person who might say the lines in the poem)
  • The persona might be an inquisitive child who observes the world around him.
Themes: (What the poem is mainly about)
  • A child’s curiosity (Sifat ingin tahu kanak-kanak). Children loves to ask questions about anything that they do not understand.
  • The wonders of nature (Keajaiban alam semulajadi). People who take time to stop and appreciate nature will find that nature is amazing.

Moral values : (What can we learn from the poem)

  • There is an existence of God (Terdapat kewujudan Tuhan)
  • Care for our environment (Pelihara persekitaran)
  • We must have a strong desire to learn a lot of knowledge. (Mempunyai keinginan yang tinggi untuk menambah ilmu pengetahuan)
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Anonymous:
Thank you !
. good lesson plan.
Anonymous:
can give the setting for this poem..i really want to know it,Emotion: stick out tongue
Anonymouscan give the setting for this poem..i really want to know it,
Use your imagination.
Pretend you are speaking and these are your words. Where would you be when you speak these words?
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Anonymous:
"which phrase tells you that the stars are not shining?"can you give the answer?
It does not say that the stars are not shining; it merely indicates that sometimes they can't be seen:

Who lights the stars, when they blow out,
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Anonymous:
can i know what is min by fluffy
Don't you have a dictionary? Here's one: http://www.onelook.com/?w=fluffy&ls=a
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