World Poetry Day teaching resources
World Poetry Day, established by Unesco in 1999, is a chance to reflect on the power of language and to support linguistic diversity through poetic and creative expression. The day offers endangered languages around the world the chance to be heard within their communities and, closer to home, to celebrate poetry in all its forms. Take a look at our fabulous collection of free teaching resources on poetic devices, assemblies, metaphors, poems and celebrated poets.
- 49 nursery rhymes grouped under various themes, such as transport, food and minibeasts.
- Poems, rhymes and songs about insects and other small creatures.
- Let their imaginations blast off with poetry inspired by space.
- Ask pupils to suggest the rhyming words to finish each line of the poem.
- Poems and rhymes about bears of the teddy variety.
- Find the rhyming words to animate Humpty, then look for further rhyming opportunities.
- Use this writing frame to write your own nursery rhyme.
- Use Ian McMillan’s poem to stimulate writing your own list poem.
- Using the structure of ‘Peepo!’, create a class poem about your classroom.
- Try these two repetitive structures as frames for children’s own poetry: focus on rhyming or alliteration.
- A simple poem with symbol support.
- Lesson plans from Hamilton Trust which include the analysis of poetic style using Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘We are Britain’.
- A wonderfully easy to understand resource which looks at several poetic forms and devices.
- A look at different poetry forms with examples and wording that is ideal for anyone struggling with certain poetic concepts.
- Two week’s worth of activities and resources based on a narrative poem; use to teach characterisation and structured poetry.
- This resource has concise explanations of haiku, tanka and kenning structure.
- These lesson plans provide a great way to get students in touch with their senses to create poems of their very own.
- A PowerPoint slide featuring some excellent calligram examples.
- A comprehensive set of themed poems for pupils to enjoy and take inspiration from.
- A gentle way to introduce pupils to the sensitive topic of the Holocaust through a collection of themed poems.
- This atmospheric resource appeals to the senses of the children, getting their imaginations flowing in order to write their own poems.
- Poe and Etry teach Chip some of the features of poetry writing in this catchy rhyming assembly.
- Adaptable and flexible collection of senses poems for the younger age groups.
- An entertaining performance by Michael Rosen reading his poem ‘The Book’.
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- Introducing students to the Japanese art of Haiku.
- Great revision tool covering all those tricky technical terms.
- A well structured lesson to get students understanding metaphor within a poem.
- This is an informative PowerPoint discussing the ins and outs of metaphor poetry.
- Five minute podcasts on a range of poetic devices from alliteration to personification.
- A series of five minute talks on poetic devices from metaphor to rhyme and repetition.
- A detailed analysis on of the most poignant poems to come out of the First World War.
- Using Henri’s poem as inspiration, students have the chance to spread their creative wings and write their own.
- Watch Daljit Nagra perform his poem ‘Singh Song’ from the comfort of a convenience store.
- A clear and instructive introduction to sonnet form and iambic pentameter.
- Watch Grace Nichols perform her poem ‘Praise Song for my Mother’ at the seaside.
- Phil Beadle uses a series of visual set pieces to look at poems from different cultures to excite and inspire.
- Two audio readings with additional commentary to aid revision on Blake’s poem.
- Two audio readings with additional commentary to aid revision on Khalvati’s poem.
- Poet Michael Rosen explores the ways poetry can be made more accessible in the classroom while Ruth Padell waxes lyrical about all things poetry.