Back to basics

21st March 2014 at 00:00
Poetry can be alienating if students are unfamiliar with its conventions, but these resources will help to show sceptics that, as William Cowper put it, `there is a pleasure in poetic pains'

1. Poetic licence

What is it? A sorting activity that asks students to match poetic devices to their definitions

What users say "Wonderful. I took out your examples for the students to be able to add their own from the poems we are studying."

2. Only connects

What is it? A Connect Four-style game, won by identifying examples of poetic devices

What users say "This is a brilliant resource for students of all abilities and has led really well into a lesson exploring poetic techniques. Fantastic."

3. Wonderful words

What is it? A handy list of definitions relating to poetry

What users say "This is a really useful resource for me as a graduate teacher, perfect for reminding me of all those words I learned all those years ago. Brilliant."

4. Unseen? Unfazed

What is it? A selection of exercises that will help students to practise responding to unseen poems

What users say "Amazing - worked brilliantly as a carousel activity for top-set students."

5. Poetic opening

What is it? Worksheets that can be used as prompts for discussion of poetry and exercises to get students writing their own

What users say "A clear and simple introduction to the idea of poetry."

6. Devices advice

What is it? A high-level overview of poetic devices, suitable for post-16 students

What users say "I love it. Am going to adapt for the poetry we are studying. Fabulous - more please."

7. Now the news

What is it? An activity in which students create "blackout" poetry by deleting words from newspaper articles

What users say "This is a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing it."

8. Poetry matters

What is it? A place mat of poetic devices and techniques that students can refer to when writing about poetry

What users say "Nice and simple. This is something I'm sure I'll use over and over - will laminate a class set."

9. Tweet talk

What is it? A writing activity inspired by Twitter that challenges students to create a poem in 140 characters

What users say "Really useful resource and a modern way to approach the topic. This could easily be incorporated into a unit of work on poetry."

10. Diamante lights

What is it? A presentation for introducing students to different poetic forms such as acrostic, diamante and haiku

What users say "Very helpful resource."


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