National Poetry Day planning picks

Engage students in verse ahead of National Poetry Day with these lesson plans and activity ideas

Tes Resources Team

National Poetry Day Celebrations

Lesson ideas and activities for National Poetry Day

With National Poetry Day on the horizon, there’s no better time to start thinking about engaging students of all ages in the wonderful world of verse. 

Whether it’s playing with this year’s theme of “vision” or getting older pupils started on the poetry units for the exam specifications, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at this hand-picked collection of lesson plans and activities and see if they awaken a love of poetry in your learners.

Themed lessons

There are lots of different ways of introducing students to this year’s theme of “vision”. Spruce up your lessons with these creative tips and activity ideas, or why not refer to these thought-provoking tasks, created specially for the celebrations by PoetryDayUK? Studying poetry has never been so fun!  

National Poetry Day 2020 Schools Toolkit
PoetryDayUk

National Poetry Day 2020 Schools Toolkit

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National Poetry Day (1st October 2020) is an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It is about everybody sharing, reading, writing and enjoying poetry. Use this pack of tips and activity ideas and join in the celebrations not only on National Poetry Day itself but all year round....
National Poetry Day 2020 NLT KS2 Education Resource
PoetryDayUk

National Poetry Day 2020 NLT KS2 Education Resource

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Use this guide to make a rainbow poem with the whole class (or school). Designed for KS2, this resource uses colour association to create poetry, including a classic poem from Christina Rossetti and some handy video links to help students think about colour from other perspectives have you ever ...
National Poetry Day 2020 The Poetry Archive Education Resource
PoetryDayUk

National Poetry Day 2020 The Poetry Archive Education Resource

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A guide to exploring how using metaphors in poems can help to build pictures and images in our minds. Designed for KS1/2/3 and featuring an extract from Granny Is by Valerie Bloom, use this resource structure to discuss how poems form images in our heads and how metaphors can be used to descri...

Primary resources

Limericks, haikus, sonnets… poems come in many forms. Discover and analyse the different types of poetry before encouraging your pupils to write some of their own with these stimulating classroom activities.  

Poetry worksheets
kate__hunt

Poetry worksheets

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3 worksheets based on the poem starter The Dragon s Dinner by Louis fidge (Lett s Teaching Poetry: teacher s book 1) although I have changed the opening three lines! A nice list poem for the children to complete, good for working on adjectives and alliteration. Pictures added to two of t...
Year 6 Performance Poetry
KS2History

Year 6 Performance Poetry

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Recommended by TES! Download this popular two-week unit for Year 6 based on classic performance poetry. A two-week literacy unit of work for Year 6, containing lesson plans and pupil resources, looking at some of Poe's atmospheric poems with dramatic mood changes in them. In this unit pupi...
Poetry Train
The Poetry Society

Poetry Train

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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.
Phonics Screening Poetry -Phase 5
littlemisstechnical

Phonics Screening Poetry -Phase 5

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This is a lovely way to revise Phase 5 and have a go at reading alien words ready for the Phonics Screening Check. The booklet includes a little poem to revise each Phase 5 sound, the children then need to look closely at the poem to find the words that have that sound in, as well as read the word...

Secondary resources

Spread your love of poetry and confidently tackle key themes with the help of these lesson packs and imaginative tasks. Jam-packed with explanatory notes, suggested discussion points and ready-to-use exercises, there’s plenty to get those creative juices flowing.  

Newspaper Blackout Poetry
jamestickle86

Newspaper Blackout Poetry

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A new type of poetry that involves using newspapers to create poems. The poem is inside the text; pupils must find it. Suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4 ***You will need newspapers and marker pens***
Poetry Terms Tarsia/Jigsaw
nxxos

Poetry Terms Tarsia/Jigsaw

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A tarsia about essential poetry terms. Students have to match the edges of the pieces (term-definition) so that the overall shape is a hexagon. It can be used in secondary school to revise the terms at the end of the unit. It should take students about 15 minutes to complete if they work in groups o...
Writing Poetry Twitter-Style
TraceeO

Writing Poetry Twitter-Style

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Have student practice their poetry using the popular social-marketing tool Twitter. Students realize poems can be short but still have meaning. Excellent creative writing exercise.