'Llewellyn and His Dog' is a narrative poem written in the early nineteenth century, based on a mediaeval Welsh legend. Because it tells the story of a dog who dies because of a misunderstanding, it has a strong appeal for many students. The poem provides a great vehicle for teaching the concepts of theme and point of view. Below you can download a lesson plan, a copy of the poem and a set of teachers notes.
'The Inchcape Rock' is a narrative poem based on a Scottish legend. In it a pirate inadvertently brings about his own death. It can be used to teach the concept of theme and of the need for readers to fill the gaps in narratives. Below you can download a lesson plan for 'The Inchcape Rock' and a copy of the poem.