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Compare the Content in 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London'

In this worksheet, students will identify the key themes in both 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London' explaining the similarities between the two poems.

'Compare the Content in 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London' ' 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 and  'London' by William Blake. Both poems can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your anthology.

 Both 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London' are poems that express the poet's anger towards the abuse of power by those in positions of authority, the key difference is that while Agard provides a solution, Blake does not. This demonstrates how they have different viewpoints on the possibility of change. Both poems create a sense of unfairness to those who are less powerful or wealthy and show that the place where you live can have a huge impact on your well being. 

In the following questions, you will look further at the similarities between the two poems.

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

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