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Evaluate the Language Techniques in 'Checking Out Me History'

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the language devices used in the poem 'Checking Out Me History'. Students will also gain an understanding of the wider context of the poem.

'Evaluate the Language Techniques in 'Checking Out Me History'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Checking Out Me History'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard, which can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your Anthology.


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'Checking Out Me History' looks at how identity is created through history. 


The poem gives examples of powerful black figures from history, often involved in conflicts themselves in one way or another.

Noticeably, the poet emphasises how we often celebrate our national or cultural history, without looking at the history and culture of those we were in conflict with and perhaps those countries our nation oppressed.

In the following questions, you will be asked to evaluate the language devices used in the poem.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.

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