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In the Museum of Past Centuries

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By Kevin McCann — Writer and Poet

Powerful poem by Kevin McCann creating an image of a museum in which the exhibits show the effects that human beings have had upon the world.

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This poem by Kevin McCann creates an image of a museum in which the exhibits show the effects that human beings have had upon the world, from the very beginning of their existence. It provides excellent opportunities for drama and debate, as well as for writing and research.

Shared teaching and learning

Shared reading

  • Read the poem and identify unfamiliar words. Explain refugees and discuss meanings of clotted, stagnant and clogged, adding to vocabulary books. Why did the poet choose those words? Identify other adjectives in the poem and list them. What effect do they have?
  • Discuss the line ‘Pyramids of ivory’. Why did the poet use the word pyramids instead of piles or heaps?
  • Ask the children to describe the form and structure of the poem. Have they read other list poems? Draw the framework of the poem on the board to use later as a model for writing.
  • What clues in the poem tell us that this museum is in the future?
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