Play with poems
Try missing out the title and see what the children think the poem is called. Cut up the lines and ask the children to reassemble the poem. Draw the key image and highlight the five key words. Make lists and then discuss likes, dislikes, puzzles and patterns.
Put the children into groups to perform the poem. Write the poem out as if it was prose and ask them to see if they can rewrite it as a poem where do the line breaks occur? Set the poem to music, to a rhythmic beat, to a photo or a freeze frame of human bodies. Let's not torture poems but explore and come to love them
Pie Corbett is a literacy consultant