English - On the poetry of Parliament
A new web-based poetry resource for teachers has been launched by the Scottish Parliament.
It is a series of four lesson plans, aimed at encouraging young people to use the Parliament as inspiration for writing poetry.
The material has been written by poet Ken Cockburn, who has worked with the Parliament and the Scottish Poetry Library on poetry seminar days over the past three years.
The launch of the resource took place at a Parliament and poetry workshop, attended by pupils from Hermitage Park Primary in Edinburgh. The workshops are open to primary and secondary schools and include a morning session exploring the Scottish Parliament building with its education staff and, whenever possible, meeting MSPs. In the afternoon, pupils work with the Scottish Poetry Library and an established poet to write their own poems based on the morning's experiences.