Why teach poetry?

August 28, 2018 Island Teacher

Poetry can be an area that lots of teachers shy away from.  Poetry offers children the joy of crafting their writing and playing around with words.  There are plenty of resources online to help any teacher who either lacks the confidence or expertise to teach poetry.  In a recent podcast by ‘In the reading corner,’ the subject of poetry was covered.

 

In The Reading Corner Poetry (1) by In the Reading Corner

This magazine-style podcast is packed with ideas about teaching poetry. Find out about the CLiPPA poetry award and how your school get get involved in the shadowing; hear from previous winner Kate Wakeling and discover an innovative poetry project jointly run by poet Adisa and Jonny walker at Park Primary in Newham.

Poetry Train – Poetry Class

David Harmer uses his poem ‘Where The Fairies Are’ to look at how students can incorporate magical creatures into their poems. Part of our Poetry Train resource pack. At a glance: rhyme, imagery, imagination, simile.

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A Caribbean Dozen

by John Agard and Grace Nichols

The Caribbean Dozen is one of my favourite poetry books.  It contains the work of thirteen Caribbean poets is included in this rich collection with illustrations which truly enhance the words on the page. The poets each share a childhood experience with the reader as an introduction to their poems and there are biographical notes on each at the end of the book. To taste the impressive variety in this book, try Pamela Mordecai’s light-hearted ‘Remember’ and then turn the page to discover her moving ‘Lament of an Arawak Child’.

Appropriate for age group: Years 5 and 6   Years 3 and 4

John Agard – What the Teacher Said

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