This resource is designed for KS3 and KS4 unseen poetry. The resource is designed to guide pupils on how to approach and analyse any poem by going through the 10 steps. On the back, there is guidance on how to write up an analysis using a variety of vocabulary. In addition there is a section on how to introduce a comparison to the poetry, again going in step by step. This has proved very useful for all abilities. This resource has been used frequently within my own department and has proven very successful. I would recommend using the resource towards the end of your scheme (after pupils are familiar with different techniques and forms) to promote independent learning. It is good practice for GCSE.
A presentation in two formats including 'On the Beach at Fontana' by James Joyce, 'Nettles' by Vernon Scannell, 'Rough' by Stephen Spender, and 'The Evacuee' by R. S. Thomas. Poems are accompanied by written activities (or, alternatively, can be completed in discussion or group work), leading up to a final Reading assessment.
In this PowerPoint you will find: three readings of the poem, the poem’s backstory, questions on form/technique/ambiguity, a technique/quote matching activity, a line by line commentary, a final fun task where students perform the poem dramatically in small groups as others rate them on a simple performance rubric. It is informative but also quite fun and you can skip activities as you wish. I hope it is useful and any feedback would be much appreciated.
'Who lives here?' PowerPoint introduces a 'conversation' poem about the creatures and habitat of the rainforest.
It provides a structured step by step lesson to support composition.
It also allows reinforcement of parts of speech particularly verbs and prepositions.
Extended poetry task also provided for variety and possible differentiation.
Several verse examples are provided for clarity.
Rainforest booklet is provided for children to write their final draft for display or poetry portfolio.
'Rainforest List Poem' PowerPoint continues with a poetic theme and uses a simple format to motivate composition. This clear, concise and colourful presentation leads the learners step by step through the composition of a list poem based on a 'rainforest' theme. There is a grammar element throughout with an emphasis on nouns, adjectives and 'ing' verbs.
I have found a poetry context an effective way to embed incidental grammar teaching.
Although the outcome is a simple list poem, it can easily be differentiated for older learners. This would involve extending each line using e.g. adverbs or an additional clause.
Children are encouraged to compose an opening line, closing line and' list' lines inbetween.
This one-off poetry lesson for KS2 uses a poem called ‘The Spell.’ A PowerPoint presentation leads the children through the poem - analysing each verse through a series of carefully staged inference and deduction questions.
The contents of the spell referred to in the poem is never revealed - but the children will form their own ideas as they analyse the poem in more detail.
They are encouraged to justify their ideas by referring back to the poem.
After gaining a deeper understanding of the poem, the children are given the task of writing what they believe the spell was.
Word banks and lists of synonyms are provided to help include the correct kind of language in their work.
This lesson is perfect for small group and paired work - where the children can perform or chant their spells back to the class.
Turn the lights off and light a candle for added atmosphere! If you’re feeling adventurous - provide a variety of percussion instruments so the children can add sound effects while they read out loud!
A variety of writing frames to aid students through writing comparative essays.
Writing frames includes:
Exposure and Bayonet Charge
Exposure and Remains
My Last Duchess and Ozymandias
The Prelude and Storm on the Island
Charge of the Light Brigade and Bayonet Charge
31 ready-made tried and tested homework tasks for essential AO6 skills (new English Language GCSEs). These tasks help KS4 students develop a useful repertoire of ambitious vocabulary. In addition, they increase a student’s ability to use a range of sentence structures and are beneficial in developing punctuation proficiency. The first 15 tasks focus on narrative, descriptive or viewpoint writing. The rest link with specific English Lit set texts - so also useful for revision.
Each homework task gives students at least three words to find a dictionary definition for and then place into a sentence. Extension tasks encourage punctuation variety or more extended writing. Some tasks include differentiation by choice.
Moreover, key skills of close reading and following instructions are boosted with set rules (such as one sentence must be a complex sentence beginning with a subordinate clause) to be followed. Rules vary across the tasks. If students misread or ignore the rules, I make them redo the homework.
I created these for mixed ability GCSE classes. Over time, the tasks led to significant improvements in each student’s use of more ambitious vocabulary, sentence variety and accuracy in a wider range of punctuation. I print out the tasks for the first few weeks, then refer students to their virtual learning environment to save my photocopying bill. Marking is straight forward with definitions checked through peer assessment. Eventually all main tasks can be peer assessed with teacher marking of extension tasks only. I also issue students with an AO6 homework help sheet (included) to refer to if needed.
Set texts covered: A Christmas Carol (2), Frankenstein (2), Great Expectations (2), Macbeth (2), Romeo and Juliet (2), AQA Power and Conflict Poetry - also relevant for Edexcel Conflict Poetry (2), An Inspector Calls (2), Lord of the Flies (2).
This lesson includes an introductuion to the definitions of ‘power’ and ‘conflict’. Students explore this through a variety of tasks. Students then explore a few poems from the cluster just by using poem titles and poet names only. Furthermore, there is slide of ‘notes’ listing timings for all activities and lesson parts.
To explore and grasp definitions of ‘power’ and ‘conflict’
To provide on introduction to the unit of study
An exploration of Island Man by Grace Nichols. Activities on this 21 slide powerpoint include: a starter to revisit and subsequently show progression (slides 1 and 3), a culture map for pupils to complete (slide 2); images of the poem to annotate (slide 4) a cloze exercise of the poem before reading (slide 5), copy of the poem to highlight (slide 6), a link to an audio clip of the poem in performance, a group drama task, imagery work, stimulus for writing task (slides 18 and 19) which can also be used as exemplars to support pupils and thereby differentiate and, finally, peer assessment.
This resource includes the teacher text examples I use in class with my Y6 children for a variety of genres:
persuasion (animal testing)
discussion (should robots replace teachers)
report writing (snake)
newspaper (linked to Kensuke’s Kingdom)
Diary (linked to ‘Once’)
Historical story: setting and characterisation (linked to ‘Once’)
Contemporary narrative: setting and characterisation (linked to Skellig)
Critical approaches to literature gives readers a chance to view a text with a ‘different set of lenses’ which is key for stronger textual analysis.
This PowerPoint contains essential questions for the following critical approaches/criticisms:
Mythological/ Archetypal approach
This INTERACTIVE World Poetry Day Quiz has 8 rounds consisting of a variety of activities and is perfect for Tutor Time or a fun lesson activity.
World Poetry Day Quiz PowerPoint(82 Slides) even comes with a team selector and an interactive score board for you to keep tabs on the team’s points.
The World Poetry Day Quiz 2019 consists of:
Yay or Nay
Guess The Poet
Act It Out
Higher or Lower
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This is a fantastic student workbook which can be used from the beginning of Y10 GCSE English Literature. Completing the activities in their own workbook allows students to take ownership of the poems they are studying and increases their familiarity and comfort with each poem. Please note that this doesn’t contain any notes or analysis of the poems: instead, it’s a workbook created for students to complete.
The workbook consists of a series of unnumbered pages, so that you can choose the order that best suits your class.
The contents are as follows:
1. Front Cover – this page allows space for the student’s name/class details.
2. Assessment Objectives and Exam Information – this page gives a clear, concise explanation of exactly how the AOs are rewarded in the Mark Scheme, showing your students exactly what they need to do to gain marks. It also explains the format, layout and mark structure of the poetry section.
3. Previous Questions - the poems and questions that have featured on the exam papers since 2017.
4. Poems and Poets – a full list of all the poems in your selection.
5. Sound Effects and Visual Effects – a superb examination of eight of the most common language techniques used by poets. Each section explains clearly what the technique is and gives a variety of quotations to illustrate this to the students. This is an excellent revision aid that students can use at any point in the year.
6. Your Sound Effects and Visual Effects – these two pages feature grids for students to fill in as the year progresses, allowing them to note and thus memorise examples of the various language techniques from their poems.
7. Poetry Profiles – these two pages are where the students will record essential information about each poem, thus building up a full set of their own notes as their study progresses. The first page prompts them to add information under the headings Poem, Poet, Context, Subject Matter, Themes and, most importantly, Links to Other Poems. The second page uses the headings Form/Structure, Sound Effects, Visual Imagery, Tone, Vital Quotes and Favourite Lines. The PDF includes one copy of these pages, so you will need to print one pair of pages for each poem on your selection.
I’ll be adding lots more GCSE poetry resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
I hope this is useful for you and instructive for your students - as always, I’d love to hear any feedback you may have.
Check out this differentiated pack of templates that are to be used for acrostic poems. Presented in a fun and student-friendly design, each of the pages comes with a different amount of lines. These allows for different words to be used, implementation with different grades, or simply differentiation. Be creative and take your lesson on poems to a new level!
This printable journal pages pack includes 10 various designs, with 4 formats available for each design:
- a grid format because bullet journals are awesome
- small lines for those long love letters or diary entries
- big lines because small lines can feel cruel at times
- and a blank version to get your creative juices flowing!
Find the perfect fit for your preferred journaling style, whether you like to write, draw or use a bullet journal.
Each page is designed to print on a standard US Letter paper, but you can also use your “scale to print” function to resize them to any size you would like to include them in your current planner.
This is one of six printable coloring journal page packs available in my store.
Product Specs: Journal Pages | Variety Series | 10 Pack
Number of Pages: 10 designs x 4 formats = 40 pages total
File Format: Instant digital download - 4 x PDF files with 10 designs in each PDF
Page Dimensions: 8.5 x 11″ (Letter)
License: Personal or classroom use only
Poetry Train is a teachers pack of activities, poems and advice for teaching poetry in primary schools. David Harmer and Roger Stevens share proven approaches for use in the classroom, based on brilliant poems by top poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay.