Recreations: Hunchback in the Park

We began the lesson by reading ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ by Dylan Thomas. This was followed by listening to a reading of the poem. We were then faced with 3 questions and had around 5 minutes to answer them all:

  • Who is the hunchback?
  • What is the main idea or feeling in the poem?
  • What is the most vivid image in the poem?

We spent around 10 minutes feeding back, here is a selection of our ideas:

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Our next task was to use this collection of ideas and feelings to create our own biographies for the hunchback. This included exploring the reasons why he became homeless. Since we are aiming high with our recreation writing, we decided that our stories should be intriguing and compelling; perhaps charting a tragic downfall in his life. We used this set of pictures as a starting point to create his back story.

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With our ideas blossoming, we needed to decide which type of writing each one of us wanted to create. We could choose from: diary entries, an obituary, a newspaper article, a charity campaign, a monologue.

We spent the rest of the lesson planning and writing. Here is a selection of what we did:

I could have ran away and led a normal life. But No! I had to play Superman and get involved. That’s when my life changed.

The lads brought me back to the headquarters and removed all sign that I had ever existed on Earth. I, to the general public and the world, had never been born. No passport. No Birth Certificate. No identity. They even scorched off my fingerprints.

Then they put me on a mission.

I sat on the broken bench eating a stale piece of bread wrapped up in an old newspaper, hiding away my past in a thick, tattered blanket that I had found lying in a filthy dump. My day wasn’t pleasant at all, not that it ever was.

Where have I ended up? From a Nobel Peace Prize winner to an old, worthless hunchback wasting his life away. 25 years ago I lived in paradise. Now I am nothing.

Alfred James Ross was born in 1924 to James and Mary Ross, both well respected neurophysicists. The Ross family lived in a small village in Leicestershire where Alfred, and his only sibling Kate, spent their childhood.

Alfred was always top of the class, and was set for great things, but with brains comes struggle. Rejected from society for his eccentricities, Alfred felt that he had no place in Leicester. After years of  mental torture in his small town, he moved to London to pursue his dreams.

It’s the same thing everyday. I’ve become a mockery to everyone who sees me. I sleep every night in a kennel. All I have is this park.

I used to play football for my country, believe it or not. I was lucky in life. Got into football, met so many beautiful women… I had everything. I can remember the roars in the stadium me and the team walked out; people actually liked me. Now I’m just a joke.

A New Dawn

This blog, still in its maiden year, has remained static for 7 months. The adrenaline of exam season 2012 is long forgotten, but the new season is approaching – you can almost smell it! Of course, this means that it’s time to up our game and to get back into the thick of it. So before we begin posting, it seems appropriate to reflect on how we did last year:

WHAT WENT WELL?

  • The blog was used widely by the class of 2012 whose results (particularly for literature – 50% A*- B) were great.
  • It also proved a hit for wider audiences; as we post this, we have 20,000 views!
  • The student ownership of content was an excellent way to get actively involved in revision. The class enjoyed their chance to create posts or be a classroom monitor. They also felt a sense of pride in the documentation of their hard work.

EVEN BETTER IF?

  • We thought that the blog needed a facelift – do you like our new fishy design?
  • We want to make our posts even more user friendly this year. Since we seem to be catering to an audience wider than our classroom, we hope that our posts are accurate, helpful and inspire ideas in our readers.
  • We aim to be more interactive on the blog this year. The comment count from the class of 2012 didn’t go over 100. We hope to smash that record this year! We will use the posts from daily lessons to provoke further thought once a week for homework; posting our thoughts, opinions or questions.

So there we have it, can Miss Ryan’s class of 2013 take on the challenge of keeping up the blog?

Let’s see…