J Zahradnicek

Making students aware of an aspect of Czech culture

Jan Zahradníček was a Czech Catholic writer who had to overcome numerous obstacles throughout his life. Aged two, he fell from an attic and injured his spine and chest, resulting in life-long health implications. Later he was sentenced to 13-year imprisonment in a fabricated process.
The students read his poem “Píseň o domově” (Song of Home) and based on analysis, they tried to describe the personality of the poet.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Motivation and resilience

Actual outcomes

Educational objective: Making the students familiar with a representative of Czech Catholic literature; samizdat
Qualities in focus: Single-mindedness, courage, tenacity
Target group, age of the students: 9th grade (14–15 years of age)
Suitable for: Czech – literature

Resources required

Reader 9 (publ. by Prodos)

Time needed

1 unit (45 minutes)

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