View and read a selection of visual images and texts that portray ghosts, eg
- short descriptions of ghosts from: J.K Rowling's Harry Potter novels; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Woman in Black by Susan Hill; The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively;
- ghosts in film such as The Others; the opening of Monsters Inc; Ghostbusters.
What can pupils say about how these ghosts are portrayed? What features do they have in common?
Pupils should listen carefully to the recording of the first five stanzas of 'Seven Types of Shadow' several times.
What can they find out about:
- who the speaker is?
- where they are speaking?
- whom they are speaking to? (focus on the lexis: 'item', 'Chair', 'Any Other Business', 'We ghosts', 'agenda')
- what the speaker is unhappy about?
- how they describe their fellow ghosts?
What links can pupils make between the poem they have just heard and the images they discussed at the beginning of the lesson?
What are the ghostly stereotypes presented in the poem?
The ghost says that 'something unconventional's needed' and later on in the poem goes on to speak about 'ghosts the living would prefer, /Ghosts who'd improve our ratings'.
In pairs or small groups, pupils should imagine they are a 'makeover' team who are going to create a new look for ghosts to improve their ratings. They should share ideas about how a ghost could break out of the ghostly stereotype.
Their 'makeover' plans should include a labelled diagram, detailed description and suggestions of a famous person who might be a good ghost (how they would haunt and where) and ideas on other ways for ghosts to improve their ratings.
Presentation of ideas to a ghost committee (ghosts and makeover team should be in role if possible). Selection of the winning proposal or a shortlist of the best three ideas.