Writing a Monologue

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The works of Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and Britain's 2009 poet laureate, serve as a model for a writing activity that asks class members to select a character card, brainstorm lists of words, phrases, actions, and items associated with this character to use in a monologue.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Preview the suggested Duffy poems and select several to serve as models for the activity
  • The "Havisham' poem is especially appropriate after a reading of Great Expectations
  • Have kids create monologues for characters in works they have read
  • Collect the monologues into a book for the classroom library




  • The resource includes a list of Duffy poems, complete directions for the activity and templates for the brainstorming exercise

  • No models of Duffy's work are included