Ted Hughes is one of the most renowned poets of thelast century in England. Besides his tormented relationshiop with Sylvia Plath, and his poetic work, he wrote some books for children using a seeply poetic beautiful language.
These stories are approachable tales for our students, where literary devices can be found and studied. From all these books,the one I recommend for 1 ESO is The Iron Man. There are many activities that can be found on the internet to work with this book, as well as a movie called The Iron Giant.
Even though the stories are really simple, the book can be used in higher years, like 2 and 3 ESO inorder to analyze poetic language
This is the web page where Ted Hughes' childrenbook can be bought and downloaded:
This is the beginning of the book:
"The Coming of the Iron ManThe Iron Man came to the top of the cliff.
How far had he walked? Nobody knows.
Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows.
Taller than a house, the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, on the very brink, in the darkness.
The wind sang through his iron fingers. His great iron head, shaped like a dustbin but as big as a bedroom, slowly
turned to the right, slowly turned to the left. His iron ears turned, this way, that way. He was hearing the sea. His
eyes, like headlamps, glowed white, then red, then infrared, searching the sea. Never before had the Iron Man
seen the sea.
He swayed in the strong wind that pressed against his back. He swayed forward, on the brink of the high cliff.
And his right foot, his enormous iron right foot, lifted—up, out, into space, and the Iron Man stepped
forward, off the cliff, into nothingness.
Down the cliff the Iron Man came toppling, head over heels.
From rock to rock, snag to snag, tumbling slowly.And as he crashed and crashed and crashed.
His iron legs fell off.
His iron arms broke off, and the hands broke off the arms.
His great iron ears fell off and his eyes fell out.
His great iron head fell off.
All the separate pieces tumbled, scattered, crashing, bumping, clanging, down on to the rocky beach far below.
A few rocks tumbled with him.
Only the sound of the sea, chewing away at the edge of the rocky beach, where the bits and pieces of the
Iron Man lay scattered far and wide, silent and unmoving."
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Some lesson plans and activities to work with this book can be found on the following web pages:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ted-hughes-the-iron-man-extract/5320.html ( narrated animation of the introduction; itneedto be downloaded)
http://education.scholastic.co.uk/content/2911 (a poem based on the story)
http://www.literature-study-online.com/resources/ted-hughes.html (introduction to Ted Hughes work)
http://www.ncca.ie/uploadedfiles/Primary/lang.pdf ( Activitieson page 22 of this document)
http://www.resourcedownloads.co.uk/Literacy_Year5_Narrative_Unit1.htm ( good unitm,but it has to be bought)