Best reviewed ideas for World Poetry Day

Nicola Davison
16th March 2017

Inspire pupils with these top-rated primary and secondary picks for World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day, celebrated on 21 March every year, is a chance to reflect on the power of poetry and its ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. From exploring iconic poetry to asking students to write rhymes of their own, we’ve highlighted a few of the best reviewed resources to help you to bring poetry to life in your classroom.

Primary resources

The Highwayman planning, with 85 reviews

What is it? Two-week planning, complete with resources, exploring the narrative poem, The Highwayman, by Alfred Noyes.

Users say… This has a great range of writing activities - all coming from close study of the text. Thank you for uploading! (kennedois)

Poetry class assembly script, with 36 reviews

What is it? A rhyming script, split into parts, exploring attitudes to and elements of poetry, with opportunities for learners to perform their own poems.

Users say… Super assembly idea. Putting the children's poems in would give that added personal touch. Many thanks. Amazing! (T7AEY)

Patterns in poetry, with 20 reviews

What is it? A colourful PowerPoint presentation introducing pattern-themed poetry, including pyramid poems and tankas, over several lessons.

Users say… Fab resource. Been looking everywhere for ideas for KS1 poetry lessons. This is a brilliant resource with plenty of ideas! (lisaatkin79)

Secondary resources

Poetic form and technique unit, with 45 reviews

What is it? A short, kinaesthetic scheme of work covering a range of different poems, such as limericks and shape poetry.

Users say… Great PowerPoints. Fun way to address these topics. Many thanks for sharing. (Maryjd)

Introduction to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with 24 reviews

What is it? A large PowerPoint presentation with the full, illustrated text of Coleridge’s famous poem, including hints and tips on how to access it.

Users say… A fabulous resource and a great way into the poem for students. Will be an absolute boon.(farfromthemaddingcrowd)

Conflict poetry scheme of work for KS3, with 17 reviews

What is it? A six-week unit covering First World War and modern conflict poetry, complete with well-presented resources and detailed assessment ideas.

Users say… Wonderfully presented and engaging resources. Thank you. (iansuzhou)


Have you created a poetical resource which could be used on World Poetry Day? Tweet the link to @TESResources, including #WorldPoetryDay for a chance to have it shared more widely. 

This post was originally published on 18 March 2016, and was refreshed on 16 March 2017.

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