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National Poetry Day Educational Resources LIGHT
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National Poetry Day Educational Resources LIGHT

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This year’s theme is LIGHT. We have wonderful education resources available to you here, to use in the run up to National Poetry Day 2015 on 08 October. Whatever you do, share your plans with us on Twitter with hashtag #nationalpoetryday.
Changing Climate: A National Poetry Day resource created by Literature Wales
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Changing Climate: A National Poetry Day resource created by Literature Wales

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A comprehensive poetry analysis lesson plan for KS3 English students that uses Casia Wiliam’s poem ‘Help’ to encourage students to think more deeply about poetic voices and different meanings a poet might be trying to convey. Includes a copy of Casia William’s poem as well as links to external websites which discuss climate change in more detail.
National Poetry Day 2016 - "Messages Through Time" - Literature Wales - KS 3 - 5
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National Poetry Day 2016 - "Messages Through Time" - Literature Wales - KS 3 - 5

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One of a series of National Poetry Day teacher resources on the theme of Messages. "Poetry in Frames" draws on the poetry of Taliesin. The resource fosters creative and critical thinking around poetry and is part of a collaborative effort between the National Poetry Day partners, who include Literature Wales, the Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, and the Scottish Poetry Library. KS3 - KS4 - KS5
National Poetry Day teaching resources 2017
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National Poetry Day teaching resources 2017

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There are lots of ways to celebrate poetry on National Poetry Day, or any day of the year. Take a look at our bank of online resources (for KS 1 - 5) to get your class started on their poetry day and check out our new toolkit which is full of ideas and inspiration. We also have posters to decorate your classroom, ideas for inspiring everyone to write a poem and advice on how to arrange for a poet to visit your school.
Cut up and shuffle images and verses KS2-4
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Cut up and shuffle images and verses KS2-4

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Cut up and shuffle the images and verses. For National Poetry Day 2013 by Mandy Coe. Designed to encourage close-reading and collaboration, this activity of matching different bodies/forms of water with its corresponding poem can be done in pairs or groups. Adapt the game for different age-groups by deleting the more obvious titles!
National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom resource Literature Wales
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National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom resource Literature Wales

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National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry. This activity by Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate for Wales, for Literature Wales, the National Company for the development of literature in Wales, uses the Mask of Anarchy by Shelley and a new poem specially written by Sophie to consider freedom, and poetry as a tool for this.
National Poetry Day 2016 - "The Sea Says"  - John Betjeman Prize - KS 1 -2
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National Poetry Day 2016 - "The Sea Says" - John Betjeman Prize - KS 1 -2

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Forward Arts Foundation hope you make use of this fantastic FREE classroom resource for National Poetry Day 2016 on the theme of Messages. The Betjeman Poetry Prize presents this activity called 'The Sea Says' for Key Stage 1 - 2 students. This is part of a wider collaborative effort with multiple partners, including the Scottish Poetry Library, the Poetry Society, The Emma Press, and the Poetry School.
National Poetry Day 2016 - "A Note Can Be A Poem" - The Poetry School - KS 3 - 5
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National Poetry Day 2016 - "A Note Can Be A Poem" - The Poetry School - KS 3 - 5

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One of a series of National Poetry Day teacher resources on the theme of Messages. "A Note Can Be A Poem " draws on a celebrated short William Carlos William poem ('This is Just to Say'). The resource fosters creative and critical thinking around poetry and is part of a collaborative effort between the National Poetry Day partners, who include the Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, and the Scottish Poetry Library. For KS3, KS4 and KS5
National Poetry Day 2016 - "Love Letters Between Inanimate Objects" - First Story - KS 3 - 5
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National Poetry Day 2016 - "Love Letters Between Inanimate Objects" - First Story - KS 3 - 5

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One of a series of National Poetry Day teacher resources on the theme of Messages. "Love Letters between Inanimate Objects " draws on a poem by Sarah Kay that can also be found on YouTube. This resource fosters creative and critical thinking around poetry and is part of a collaborative effort between the National Poetry Day partners, who include First Story, Apples and Snakes, and the Scottish Poetry Library. For KS3, KS4 and KS5
National Poetry Day 2016 - "Poetry in Frames" - Apple and Snakes - KS 3 - 5
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National Poetry Day 2016 - "Poetry in Frames" - Apple and Snakes - KS 3 - 5

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One of a series of National Poetry Day teacher resources on the theme of Messages. "Poetry in Frames" draws on a poem by Rachel Long. The resource fosters creative and critical thinking around poetry and is part of a collaborative effort between the National Poetry Day partners, who include the Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, and the Scottish Poetry Library. For KS3, KS4 and KS5
Handfish for National Poetry Day Poster
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Handfish for National Poetry Day Poster

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For illustrations of our Water theme, print out these posters – of mermaids and handfish – by film-maker Leo Crane, the creator of an unmissably gorgeous 30 second animation of watery poetry (http://vimeo.com/73483775). Inspired by Handfish by Roger McGough.
National Poetry Day 2012 - KS1
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National Poetry Day 2012 - KS1

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Use this magnificent new lesson plan to spark off classroom discussion and inspire students to write their own poetry. It is written by poet Cheryl Moskowitz and features a huge variety of poems, all loosely related to the theme of stars. This lesson plan features a poem by Christina Rossetti.