Primary and secondary resources for World Poetry Day

Resources team
09th March 2020
Anthology with folded pages in the shape of a heart, World Poetry Day resources

Inspire pupils with these 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 poetry to asking students to write rhymes of their own, we’ve highlighted a few primary and secondary resources to help you to bring poetry to life in your classroom.

Primary resources

Poetry Train

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.
By The Poetry Society

Boris the Spider Rhyming Poetry worksheets

This worksheet is based on the funny rhyming poem, 'Boris the Spider' written by Damian Harvey and illustrated by Daniel Postgate, in the Leapfrog Rhyme Time series. There is a sample spread from the book and two activities. The first asks children to fill in the missing rhyming words and the second encourages children to make up their own rhyme, with some words given to help.
By Hachette Schools

Easter Poetry

Download our popular Easter Performance Poetry unit for KS1. One week’s worth of literacy planning!

A five-lesson literacy unit of poetry planning for Years 1 and 2, based on performing Easter poetry and built around the KS1 English objectives.

In this unit, pupils will read a classic Easter poem about a fast white rabbit and they will consider how the sounds and language patterns come alive when the poem is read aloud, particularly reflecting on the use of verbs and similes. Children will work towards creating their version of the Easter poem and turning it into an effective performance, which could be used for an Easter assembly or celebration.

The aims of the unit for pupils are:
• To listen to a classic Easter poem being read aloud
• To identify verbs and similes
• To prepare a poetry performance including actions
• To perform a poem to an audience

The PDF file contains 5 full literacy lesson plans, copies of the poem and all accompanying pupil resources.

You may also like our other KS1 resources
Y2 English Bundle

Y2 SPAG Questions

Going to Sea Poetry Pack

KS1 Sentence Types Poetry

Summer Performance Poetry Pack

By KS2History

Dr. Seuss | The Cat in the Hat | World Poetry Day Resources

Dr. Seuss loved playing with words and rhymes to create fun, imaginative and engaging poetic stories. We hope these lesson ideas help to encourage a love of performance poetry in children.

Here is a two-part lesson plan. Firstly, exploration and recital of The Cat in the Hat, and then suggestions on how you can support your class in planning and developing their piece of Dr. Seuss inspired performance poetry.

By HarperCollins Children's Books

Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes Poetry Lessons and Activities

This is my best selling resource and is a set of lessons and activities for KS2 poetry work. These would also be ideal for use around National Poetry Day or World Poetry Day.

The lessons are based on 'Revolting Rhymes' by Roald Dahl. All lesson resources, differentiated activities and planning are provided as part of the pack.

I have used this pack for a week of activities linked to Revolting Rhymes, as well as for a one-off lesson on Poetry Day. It could also be used for a set of guided reading activities.

The teaching PowerPoint contains some background and introduction, as well as examples for modelling and discussing each independent task. The PowerPoint and the task sheets are provided in Word and pdf format.

There are 5 independent activities, so the pack can be used for a whole week or just for 1 or 2 lessons. Focus can also be on one of the Rhymes or on all six, depending on your requirements.

The flexibility of the lessons and the entertaining nature of the text means that I have been able to use this pack in Years 4 to 6, but it can also be easily adapted for younger children.

Please note: some video links are included in the sessions, which should always be assessed for suitability prior to use! Also, as is well known, Cinderella is called a 'slut' at one point, so be prepared!

*Teacher PowerPoint presentation
*5 independent task sheets for support or structure
*Challenge tasks are built into the PowerPoint slides
*Full planning grid, linked to English curriculum

Please see the Goldtopfox shop for more helpful English and general teaching resources:
By goldtopfox

Explanation of poetry terms

Posters with examples of features found in poetry, e.g. Personification, Similes etc.
By laurabrute

Secondary resources

Poetry comparison planning grid.

Can be used to compare any two poems.
By rec208

World Poetry Day (21 March) Lesson Resource

A free World Poetry Day lesson resource from B and D Publishing. World Poetry Day is celebrated every year on 21 March. This resource covers work on acrostics and the following poems, with questions and commentary:

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Tiger by William Blake
The Listeners by Walter de la Mare
Leisure by William Henry Davies

Some of the work in this pack is adapted from B and D Publishing’s full schemes of work, Forty Favourite Poems Series One and Two. The Forty Favourite Poems series consists of two resource packs, each containing forty poems that are essential reading for all lovers of English literature. Series One is suitable for use with students at KS3 and Series Two for students working at KS4 and beyond. The copyright free text plus work on each poem is provided.

Forty Favourite Poems Series One (KS3)
Forty Favourite Poems Series Two (KS4)

Forty Favourite Poems Series One includes: The Charge of the Light Brigade, Sea Fever, The Eagle, Silver, Inversnaid, Home Thoughts from Abroad, Snake, Cargoes, Sarah Byng and many more.

Forty Favourite Poems Series Two includes: To a Mouse, A Case of Murder, Toads, Dover Beach, Stop All The Clocks, Ode to Autumn, The Thought Fox, If, Ozymandias, Leisure, Binsey Poplars and many more.

See also our Language for Literature resource packs. Pupils need to talk and write about many aspects of the texts they use. To do this well they need to be familiar with the major technical terms. B & D Publishing’s two Language for Literature schemes of work spanning key stages 3 and 4 give pupils a sound understanding of many literary terms.

The literary terms covered include Acrostics, Alliteration, Anecdote, Clerihew, Epic, Imagery, Simile, Metaphor, Myth, The Ballad, Fable, Assonance, Autobiography, Cinquain, Cliché, Elegy, Haiku, Ambiguity, Rhyme, Rhythm, Kenning, Legend, Ode, Parable, Parody, Personification, Sonnet, Limerick, Soliloquy, Pun, Spoonerisms, Dialect, Dialogue, Epitaph, Onomatopoeia, Proof Reading, Proverbs, Riddles, Anachronism, Allegory, Diaries and Journals, Dramatic Irony, Hyperbole and much more.

Language for Literature Series One (KS3)
Language for Literature Series Two (KS4)

For even better value a KS3 and KS4 Language for Literature & Forty Favourite Poems Bundle is also available:

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By BandDPublishing

Unseen Poetry Knowledge Organiser

A fantastically detailed unseen poetry knowledge organiser / revision mat that includes a step by step approach to both AQA English Literature Paper 2 unseen poetry questions, language analysis, structure and form analysis, and key content information, as well as detailed info on meter, language, rhyme, scaffolded answers and more. Fantastic revision materials for GCSE students for AQA English Literature Paper 2 students. The resource includes an editable PowerPoint AND a PDF file to make things easier to print out onto A3 paper.

UPDATE: Now includes a four page A4 version for ease of printing and could be used for revision flash cards, too!

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By Lead_Practitioner

Poetry comparison structure strips

A set of three poetry comparison structure strips to help ensure students hit all aspects of the mark scheme in their response. Simply stick them in the margin and set students off on a question and encourage them to use the strip to remind them of the importance of covering all parts of the question in their response.
By redwoodperformance

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