War poetry teaching resources on TES

Teaching resources and digital poetry resources

AQA E-poetry booklet – ‘Conflict’ cluster

  • A beautifully illustrated e-poetry booklet containing copies of all the poems in the ‘Conflict’ cluster, with embedded MP3 audio readings of each.

AQA poetry readings and commentaries – ‘Conflict’ cluster

  • To aid study and revision, MP3 poetry readings (with and without sound effects), plus commentaries on each poem from the ‘Conflict’ cluster. Available to stream live and / or download.

Rhythm and pace in war poetry (Poetry Society)

  • A teaching resource from The Poetry Society giving an adaptable lesson plan, including full poem texts and photocopiable handouts, using ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Tennyson.

Writing telegram poems (Poetry Society)

  • A teaching resource from The Poetry Society. This lesson, which includes photocopiable handouts, gives students the chance to write a telegraph poem. Covers the technique of redrafting and is ideal for use with reluctant writers.

‘The Man He Killed’ by Thomas Hardy Teaching Resources

  • Includes a range of pre-reading tasks focused on structure, diction and context, plus reading, writing and discussion activities for close analysis of the poem’s techniques and devices including punctuation, tone and narrative point-of-view.

‘The Man He Killed’ by Thomas Hardy MP3s

  • Two audio files intended to aid study and revision of ‘The Man He Killed’ by Thomas Hardy. One is a straight forward reading of the poem (no sound effects), and one is a reading with sound effects.

‘MCMXIV’ by Philip Larkin Teaching Resources

  • Includes pre-reading and prediction tasks on the poem’s themes, and paired activities on identity and atmosphere, plus further engaging activities on the poem’s title, form, punctuation and imagery.

‘MCMXIV’ by Philip Larkin MP3s

  • Two audio files intended to aid study of ‘MCMXIV’ by Philip Larkin. One is a straight forward reading of the poem (no sound effects), and one is a reading with sound effects.

What is propaganda?

  • A PowerPoint teaching resource analysing the features of war posters.

Conflict / war poetry scheme of work and teaching resources

  • A comprehensive scheme of work with supporting teaching resources on conflict / war poetry. Includes both reading and creative assessment tasks.

Five War Poets and Poems

  • A selection of PowerPoint lessons and supporting worksheets on five war poets and their poetry. Could be updated to reflect new GCSE specifications.

War poetry resources for GCSE

  • A comprehensive collection of teaching resources, ideas, worksheets and activities to support teaching and learning for controlled assessment and / or the literature exam on war poetry.

War extracts for A level poetry

  • A selection of extracts, related to the theme of war, and a group-based presentation task to introduce students to the theme.

Teaching videos from BBC Class Clips

‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Tennyson – 1 of 3

  • A dramatic interpretation and reading of the poem showing how Tennyson drafted his work. Also includes contextual information on the original article by Russell Howard which inspired Tennyson.

‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Tennyson – 2 of 3

  • This clip outlines who Tennyson was and how his position influenced his writing. It also looks at why ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ was written and why it has remained a classic.

‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Tennyson – 3 of 3

  • This clip explores how Tennyson uses descriptive language in ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.

‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen – a commentary

  • Tony Flaherty compares the two different halves of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.

‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke – a commentary

  • An analysis of the last sestet of Rupert Brooke’s sonnet, ‘The Soldier’, written in 1915.

‘Flag’ by John Agard – the poet reads his work

  • John Agard reads his poem ‘Flag’ in a museum setting, with military objects in the background.

‘Flag’ by John Agard – the poet discusses his work

  • John Agard dictates excerpts of his poem ‘Flag’ and the ‘journey of questions’ the poem invokes.