Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel

Contributor: Steven Fawkes

Language of text: French
Type of text: Poem
Author or source: Elie Wiesel
Intended age of students: Key Stage 3/4
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The poem uses irony to promote thinking

Begin by asking pupils for 'opposites' of words they know in French: adjectives:grand, grosse, enorme, intelligent, laid, interessant, leger, charmant, court, possible (using reference as needed)
and nouns: stupidite, laideur, montee, sortie, faiblesse, pauvrete, patience, malchance, (discussion of prefixes possible) ending with amour
Explore the text , emphasising the negatives and working out the meaning
Introduce the concept of 'ironie' and ask pupils for the global meaning of the poem.

Relates to contemporary issue of asylum seeking and tensions in society

Focus on linguistic 'opposites'
Some pupils may write something similar on an ethical issue

Topics or themes:

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How much time required:
20 minutes

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