National Poetry Day

From Shakespeare and Keats to Wilfred Owen, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah, poets throughout the ages have moved, inspired, informed and overjoyed people. With National Poetry Day taking place on 4 October to celebrate the place of poems and poets in our lives, take your class through a range of poetry, help them write their own, show them how to analyse language and meaning, and create a poetry friendly classroom with these fabulous free teaching resources on TES, shared by teachers, for teachers.

Star Poetry

Bright Star

Help students analyse and understand John Keats’ poem with this teaching guide from The Poetry Society.

Cosmic Disco

The Poetry Society shares Grace Nichols’ unpublished poem with ideas for English and science lessons.

Star-shaped poems

Students will have stars in their eyes after this lesson on shape poems. Get them to write their own star-shaped astral poem then display them in your classroom.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

This beautiful illustrated storyboard of the nursery rhyme will have pupils gazing into the pages rather than up at the stars.


A bundle of star poems and literacy ideas to help pupils be poetically inspired by the night sky.

Black holes

Whose poem will shine the brightest in this fill-in-the-gaps lesson on star poetry?

Film Education: Keats’ poetry and the film Bright Star

This online educational site for secondary schools features interactive teaching materials exploring the representation of Keats’ life and poetry in the film Bright Star.

Writing Poems

Poetry Writing Unit for Year 8

This fantastic poetry writing unit includes introductory questions and quotes from T. S. Eliot, e. e. Cummings and much more.

Poems for someone special

Inspire your class and help them to write an acoustic poem as a gift for someone special with this lovely resource.

Free writing

The Poetry Society shares poet Dorothea Smart’s advice on letting go and writing freely to produce great poems.


Students will be writing little ditties all over Twitter after this exercise on writing poetry in 140 characters.

Analysing Poetry

Poetry pack

From understanding emotions to poetry techniques, give students a thorough introduction to the poetic world with this teaching pack from TESEnglish.

Analysisng Poetry

An excellent PowerPoint resource, focusing on poems from different cultures, to help your pupils analyse poetry in a simple way.

Metaphors and Similes

This highly-rated resource for low ability Key Stage 4 helps students practise analysing the effect of metaphors and similes.

Handy checklist for poetry analysis

A great checklist of what to look for in a poem. Once pupils have established the purpose or meaning of a poem, this resource will help remind them to identify and explain how the poet conveys this.