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 PoetrySoc.

Cosmic Disco

  • PoetrySoc shares Grace Nichols’ unpublished poem with ideas for English and science lessons.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

  • Poetrysoc 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.