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Identify and Explain the Key Themes 'Checking Out Me History'

In this worksheet, students will identify the key themes in the poem 'Checking Out Me History' and recognise their significance.

'Identify and Explain the Key Themes '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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The poem gives examples of powerful black figures from history, often involved in conflict themselves.

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.


The main themes of the poem include Identity, Pride, Power and Anger.

In the following questions, you will be asked about the significance of these themes.


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

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