World Poetry Day - Monday March 21, 2011

Teaching Resource Collection

Join us and celebrate World Poetry Day with a selection of teaching resources assembled to engage students in a range of reading, writing and speaking & listening poetry-themed tasks and activities. The collection includes:

  • printable worksheets and activities;
  • audio MP3 readings from TES English and audioboos from SCC English;
  • videos from the EMC Poetry Station
  • Shakespeare’s sonnets read in OP by Ben Crystal;
  • digital e-poetry booklets for WJEC and AQA GCSE Literature.

Twitter @tesenglish #poetrymash

Twitter @tesenglishfor our World Poetry Day #poetrymash

If you love poetry, join us online on Monday March, 21st to celebrate World Poetry Day. Tweet phrases, lines and quotes from your favourite poems to @tesenglish. Please include the #poetrymash hash tag in your tweet.

Key Stage 3

Forms of Poetry: Haiku

‘What is Poetry?’

Forms of Poetry: KS3 Anthology

‘The Book’ by Michael Rosen (The Poetry Station / EMC Video)

’Seeing Red’ by Patience Agbabi (The Poetry Station / EMC Video)

Metaphor Poetry

Key Stage 4

Illustrated Interactive Whiteboard E-poetry Booklets

Click ‘Play’ to launch the booklets.

From the TES English WJEC Unseen Poetry Collection: (

‘November Story’ and ‘November night, Edinburgh’ - Form, Structure & Language

‘November Story’ and ‘November night, Edinburgh’ - Rhyme & Personification

From the AQA Character and Voice Collection: (

‘Brendon Gallacher’ by Jackie Kay

‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard

‘Singh Song!’ by Daljit Nagra

‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘Harmonium’ by Simon Armitage (The Poetry Station EMC / Video)

‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning (The Poetry Station / EMC Video)

Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare (Ben Crystal OP MP3)

Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare (Ben Crystal OP and RP Video)

Key Stage 5

The Patterns of Poetry

World War I Poetry from the EMC

Shakespeare’s Sonnets in a Wordle

‘The Wild Swans at Coole’ by W. B. Yeats

‘Tintern Abbey’ by William Wordsworth

Professor Terry Dolan on Geoffrey Chaucer

For all Key Stages - The Poetry Station

The Poetry Station is a vibrant online library of poems on video, from ‘The Ancient Mariner’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ to performance poet Jacob Sam La Rose via Simon Armitage, Seamus Heaney, Tony Harrison and John Agard. Poems are illustrated by readings, animations, short films, and there are opportunities not only to submit comments but also to contribute a video poem.

The Poetry Station (English and Media Centre)

TES English teaching is a newly formed group of teachers who have kindly volunteered their time in an effort to help coordinate and deliver our exciting and ambitious TES English Content Plan.

TES Secondary English teaching resources