The movie was so sad my eyes __________________________________________.
He felt _________________ in prison.
After the school trip, I felt my body was such a ___________________________.
Every time I _______________________ my friend's house, I smile to myself.
Grandmother / Sameeneh Shirazie
I hadn’t asked her much,
just how she felt,
and she told me all about her day,
and how she’d washed the sheets,
and how she could not understand
why the towel got so heavy
when it was wet.
She’d also sunned the mattresses,
such tired bones and so much to do,
and my eyes filled with tears
when I thought of how I was simply
going to say “Salaam” and walk away
and so many words would have been
trapped inside her.
I would have passed by as if
what lay between those bedclothes
was just old life
and not really my grandmother.
Who is the speaker in the poem?
Who is the speaker talking about?
What does the old woman do during the day? Name two things.
Paraphrase the following words: “so many words would have been
trapped inside her”
5. What do we learn about the old woman's life?
Literary Terms:Point of View Point of view is the perspective from which the incident is told. We can find the point of view by asking: "Who is telling the story/poem?"
Every story/poem is told by someone. That person is called the narrator. There are several kinds of narrators:
1st person: The person telling the story/poem is a character in the story and uses the word “I” in his storytelling.
3rd person: The person may or may not be a character in the story/poem, but he tells the story/poem about other people not about himself.
Omniscient: The person telling the story is not in the story at all. This person knows everything about everyone (what they think or feel) and knows what is happening to everyone at every second of the story.
1. Sameeneh Shirazie (1967) was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in a close-knit family. Her own grandmother, who lived with the family, was an important figure in her childhood. The poem Grandmother was written out of love and admiration for her.
How does this information help you understand the poem better?
Now that I know that Shirazie's grandmother ________________________________________________________________________
and that Shirazie really ____________________________________________________
I understand that the poem was written in order to ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. In Pakistan, the grandparents, parents and children live together in the same house. The children show great respect for their parents and grandparents.
How does this information add to your understanding of the poem, Grandmother?
2. As part of this unit of work you were taught one Higher Order Thinking Skill (HOTS).
Distinguishing Different Perspectives
What did your teacher do to teach it to you?
How did the HOTS help you to better understand the poem?
How can you use it in your life?
3. Which activity did you enjoy the most? Explain why.