I had to share this as I had so much fun putting it together and working it in the classroom with a Y9 middle ability group,. We’d been working on 2 poems with poverty themes, although very different contexts (Indian drought vs South African Apartheid). The next lesson was going to teach ‘Compare and Contrast.’
I started by giving each child a fake dollar and a post-it in the line up outside. When the lesson began and we got ‘I need a dollar’ pumping, they had to work back through their poems to decide which poet presented the strongest impression of poverty, and write a quote to support their deduction on the post it. With pictures of each poet on opposite sides of the board, the class then came forward to stick their post it on the relevant side, and their dollar in the relevant tin. We had a class count up, and used the post it’s to scaffold PEED paragraphs later in the lesson.
On a student voice survey I gave out, this ranked pretty high, so I’m hoping to use it again somehow.