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STIMULUS WORKSHEET 1
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TOPIC / POEM Questions for discussion
is being spoken to in the poem?
might be the speaker in the poem?
planets aren't mentioned in the poem?
you've named all the planets, do a drawing, or improvise with drama, or draw a
solar map on the board, of where they are in relation to the sun?
planets are made from rock, and some from gas, which is which?
you find out any other peculiar or interesting facts about the solar system? (Some
are referred to in the poem). Make a class list of them and discuss.
down your cosmic address. Example:
The United Kingdom
The Solar System
The Milky Way Galaxy
you were an inhabitant of another planet what might your address be and what would
you be called? A Mercurian? A Plutonian? Or what?)
Edwin Morgan's - The First Men on Mercury (one, two or a group of pupils, then
discuss what language you might speak if you came from another planet). Also possibly
consider, what monetary system might you have, maybe draw an alien banknote, draw
an alien map of an alien town etc.
you are writing a message to be left for aliens when you arrive on their planet.
What would the message be?
it in Alien language. Example:
message We come in peace
Alien language (reverse
order of letters then add 'ly') Ewly emocly nily ecaeply.
writing this code using your own text or made up messages.
a poem about being one of the planets, or a solar wind, or a comet, or a meteoroid,
or a rocket, space-station or whatever. Who would your friends be? What kind of
plants would grow on you? What would your weather be like?
doing this from the point of view of fact then fiction. Which works best for you?
written about a cosmic postman, what else could you consider? A cosmic pupil,
a cosmic nurse, a cosmic lollipop lady, a cosmic bus conductor or whatever?
off assignments with drama improvisation, dance, and/or a drawing session.