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  1. Derek Mahon MCS 2011/12

  2. Webquest

  3. Guide • Select ten important pieces of information about DerekMahon • Prepare them in a visual format for the class

  4. After the Titanic

  5. Think, Pair, Share • Look at the title • Discuss it with your partner • What do you think the poem will be about?

  6. Reading • As we read the poem: • Highlight keywords • Choose three images you find interesting.

  7. Bruce Ismay • Educated and wealthy • Owner of White Star Line • Write a letter to the family of those who died on the ship

  8. Letter • You have survived the sinking of the Titanic. Write a letter to a newspaper telling of your experience before, during and after the sinking

  9. Antarctica • ‘I am just going outside and may be some time.’The others nod, pretending not to know.At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime.He leaves them reading and begins to climb,Goading his ghost into the howling snow;He is just going outside and may be some time.The tent recedes beneath its crust of rimeAnd frostbite is replaced by vertigo:At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime.Need we consider it some sort of crime,This numb self-sacrifice of the weakest? No,He is just going outside and may be some timeIn fact, for ever. Solitary enzyme,Though the night yield no glimmer there will glow,At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime. • - Derek Mahon

  10. Captain Oates(1880-1912)

  11. “I am just going outside and may be some time”

  12. The Expedition • Waking on the morning of 16 March and recognising the need to sacrifice himself in order to give the others a chance of survival, Scott wrote that Oates said to them; "I am just going outside and may be some time." Forgoing the pain and effort of putting his boots on, he walked out of the tent into a blizzard and −40 °F (−40 °C) temperatures to his death. Scott also wrote in his diary, "We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman". Oates' noble sacrifice however made no difference to the eventual outcome

  13. Anatarctica • Choose your favourite phrases/ words from the poem. Write one comment saying why you like these particular words/ phrases.

  14. Letter • Write a letter to the family of Captain Oates. In your letter you should: • Describe the situation you were in • Explain why he made this sacrifice • Tell his family how you and your family feel about Captain Oates

  15. Grandfather