Choose from the following activities to build your own Level One poetry lessons.
Choose from the following activities to build your own Early Level poetry lessons.
Our NPD resources will help you to explore poetry in the classroom.
Choose from the following activities to build your own Level Three or Four poetry lessons. The writing activities could be adapted for Senior students.
Our learning resources for Earthquake, one of the National Poetry Day 2018 poems.
York Headteacher John Tomsett’s blog post about his experience of teaching Carol Ann Duffy’s “War Photographer” in the classroom.
Girl of the red-gold hair, far from you, o love, my aim; girl of the red-gold hair, far from you my sorrow. Tonight on the Sound of Raasay my hand is on the helm, listlessly the wind shakes the sail, my heart is dumb, aching for your music, today and tomorrow indifferent to my expectation. […]
A mean wind wanders through the backcourt trash.
Hackles on puddles rise, old mattresses
puff briefly and subside…
I say her phrases to myself
in my head
or under the shallows of my breath,
restful shapes moving.
The day and ever. The day and ever.
You could travel up the Blue Nile
with your finger, tracing the route
while Mrs Tilscher chanted the scenery.
Tana. Ethiopia. Khartoum. Aswân.
My boy is painting outer space,
and steadies his brush-tip to trace
the comets, planets, moon and sun
and all the circuitry they run…
I love all films that start with rain:
rain, braiding a windowpane
or darkening a hung-out dress
or streaming down her upturned face…