National Poetry Day planning picks

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

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National poetry day resources

Lesson ideas and activities for National Poetry Day

Whether it's playing with this year's theme of "choice" or encouraging older students to delve deeper into poetry, we've pulled together a hand-picked collection of lesson plans and activities you can use to 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 “choice”. 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 2021 National Literary Trust KS 2 Resource
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National Poetry Day 2021 National Literary Trust KS 2 Resource

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A guide to identifying key or clue words within poems that students are reading, providing a framework to reflect on word choice in their own writing. Students will complete a reflection task at the beginning and end of the session. For Key Stage 2 and featuring Sonnet with particles of gol...
National Poetry Day 2021 National Literary Trust KS 3 Resource
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National Poetry Day 2021 National Literary Trust KS 3 Resource

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A guide to identifying the meaning and significance of line-breaks in poetry. Students will explore the rhythm, pace and meaning of poetic lines with creative activities using reading, group writing, independent writing and performance. For Key Stage 3 and featuring caribbean woman by Jean ...
National Poetry Day 2021 First Story Resource
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National Poetry Day 2021 First Story Resource

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A guide to using hindsight to evaluate how choices affect different situations and creating metaphors from these findings. For Key Stages 3-5 and featuring Drifting Away, Together by Jacob Hill, from the Longcroft School and Sixth Form College First Story Group.

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.  

Secondary resources

Spread your love of poetry 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 some creativity flowing.