Poems of the journey’s end

By: Mrs. Merav Tal-Timen
from Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School

Category:
Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking

Subject(s) of entry:
Ivrit, Literature

Pedagogy:

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
11

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
9, 10, 11, 12, High school

Analyzing Leah Goldberg's poem שירי סוף הדרך, that deals with the reflection on life at an old age and the decisions one makes in order to make their life meaningful.

The poem deals with the phases of life, the ever-changing point of view about life as we grow older, and the motivation and decision to make each and every day meaningful not matter what circumstances are ahead.

This poem is taught in the 11th grade, where students are asked to understand the figurative language, to discuss points of view as they're portrayed by the main character in each stage of life, and reflect upon them.

At an end-of-unit assessment, the students are asked to bring their personal reflection in the form of a video clip, picture, movie trailer, poem, book ,or other, and explain the connection to the Goldberg's poem. The students are asked to follow a rubric in order to understand how to present their reflection. The rubric calls for an oral presentation in Hebrew while using new vocabulary learned in class and the ability to connect to the content discussed in class.

An example of a clip that conveys the message of the poem is attached (a story of a remarkable teacher). I have presented this clip to the students and we discussed its relevance while connecting the main message to our poem.