Khargosh (Urdu)

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Khargosh (Urdu)

Contributor: Kausar Ali

Language of text: Other
Type of text: Poem
Author or source: This poem ‘ Khargosh’ is one of the poems from a children’s poetry book named ‘Nutkhat Larka’ written by Mr Raza Ali Abidi.
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: Attached is original text and sample piece of writing

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Attached is original text and sample piece of writing

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Horse Poem.pdfPDF document164.28 kBInfo
Khargosh (Rabbit).pdfPDF document81.19 kBInfo

I have an example of year 7 students’ poetry that was composed in the class to match a piece that I had read to them from a children’s poetry book written by Raza Ali Abidi. (A piece of poetry with 4 lines having the last words of 2nd and 4th line rhyming, is called a Rubaai in Urdu poetry). I read a Rubaai to the class meaning something like this:

One day in my garden,
a rabbit jumped very high.
Ask me, what happened then?
look! he is sitting in the moon.

The students were to compose their Rubaai working with anything in nature or their favourite object. Working in groups they composed a number of Rubaais, but one of them is my favourite and means:

Amina sat on a horse
the horse got thirsty
I gave the horse water to drink
And Amina gave him the grass.

The last words of the 2nd and 4th lines of the above Rubaai were perfectly rhyming in Urdu. They can appreciate poetry and are creative at this age if they can be helped with some vocabulary they can write good poetry and prose. The guidance for their selection of topics and their individual work ( by discussion)within a framework has always been my main method, sometimes by giving them examples of good texts like the above poems.
We can create interest in reading poetry and passages of authentic prose aloud to children at young age by using rhythm, reciting the words with actions, or sometimes pictures or illustrations can be quite inspiring, like the picture of the poem ‘Khargosh’. Just like narrating interesting short stories to young children can help them get interested in writing short stories sometimes themselves later. But the most important thing is to make sure that the material should be chosen according to their age and understanding.

Authentic text
Appreciation of poetic form

Creative writing

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Allow leaner autonomy, giving choices, encouraging collaborative work between peers. Bilingualism can be more motivating with different sounds, words, scripts and patterns and different cultural meaning, also connections between languages creates interest and motivates to learn a language.

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