War poetry

Stephanie Burke
15th October 2018

Reading and writing activities inspired by war poetry

Remembrance Sunday is fast approaching and now is a perfect time to engage and inspire pupils with poetry from the First World War. We have collected some of our favourite resources here to help you use war poems and writing about war to develop your KS3 and KS4 pupils' English reading and writing skills.

Reading skills


Use this selection of lesson ideas, activities and resources to support your pupils as they analyse a range of poems written during World War One. Resources also provide guidance on how pupils can structure and express their written responses effectively.

Year 9 War Poetry Poetic Techniques

Intro to poetic techniques lesson for mixed ability Year 9 using the SMILE structure
By barryc3

World War One Poetry Work Book

Poems, activities, images all cobbled together by myself and another. Some resources from others combined too. Thanks!!!
**UPDATED 24th May 2018. (New poems added in to the mix) **
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By DoctorGonzo

World War One Poetry

Lessons used to teach poetic techniques and WW1 poetry to year 8 students.
By smumford10

War Poetry: Who's For The Game?

A two-lesson bundle on Jessie Pope's 'Who's For The Game?'

Beautifully presented and fully differentiated, students are encouraged to develop their understanding of the poem, how war is compared to sport and then to revise language techniques before moving into an extended writing task.
By shoegal44

Writing skills

Develop your pupils' imaginative and creative writing skills by using text and images to inspire their own poetry, diary entries or descriptive pieces about war and conflict.

Write a war poem

This lesson was originally created as a simple cover lesson but can be adapted as part of a bigger War Poetry unit too. Based on the poem The Last Laugh by Wilfred Owen.

By RozlinEve

Descriptive writing about war (WW1 trenches) AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B

6 worksheets to support the teaching of descriptive writing about WW1 trench warfare.

To prepare KS2 and 3 students for the AQA GCSE exam on creative writing, the writing is inspired by a specific image.

The worksheets cover figurative language, sensuous descriptions, planning and model examples.
By HMBenglishresources1984

World War 1 Trench diary

A creative writing resource to help pupils write their own WW1 trench diary.

I have included a model, pictures to inspire and a success criteria.

There are several suggested stories. Pupils are meant to choose one and complete it. Not all three.

Scaffolding is available for low ability pupils

Loosely based on Hardy's 'The Man He Killed'.
By Chewy345

World War 2 Story Idea Generator

Roll a dice a create an outline of your story.
By alexandereaj

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