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National Poetry Day 2020 The Poetry Archive Education Resource
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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 describe characters.
National Poetry Day 2012 - KS2
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National Poetry Day 2012 - KS2

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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.
National Poetry Day 2020 NLT KS3 Education Resource
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National Poetry Day 2020 NLT KS3 Education Resource

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Using a classic poem from Paul Laurence Dunbar (influential for poets such as Maya Angelou), this guide explores how to write a poem about freedom (or its opposite). Group activities designed for KS3, and featuring links and prompts for further exploration of Dunbar’s legacy and other poetry writing techniques.
National Poetry Day Toolkit
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National Poetry Day Toolkit

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National Poetry Day, which this year is on 28th September, is an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry! For schools this can be a chance to make more of something already enjoyed throughout the school or it can be a launch pad for new experience and enjoyment. This toolkit is full of hints and tips to get your school celebrations started and to support best practice in the teaching of poetry.
National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom lesson plany by Kate Wakeling
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National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom lesson plany by Kate Wakeling

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National Poetry Day is on 28th September, an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetical. This is one of a range for resources to help get everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry! Read this poem from Kate Wakeling's award winning new collection Moon Juice with years 3, 4 and 5, then use the suggestions to start the class thinking and talking, and writing their own poems.
National Poetry Day 2017 schools toolkit
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National Poetry Day 2017 schools toolkit

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National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September and the theme is freedom. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, enjoying poetry, and living poetry! For schools this can be a chance to make more of something already enjoyed throughout the school or it can be a launch pad for new experience and enjoyment. Based on a four day festival of poetry run with Hull primary schools as part of the No Limits Learning Programme, here is a pack of tips and activity ideas to help schools celebrate poetry on National Poetry Day and beyond.
National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom resource created by the Poetry School
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National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom resource created by the Poetry School

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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 has been created specially by the Poetry School. The Poetry School is a national organisation running classes and projects to teach poetry. This resource features the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazurus, which is engraved onto the Statue of Liberty in New York, as a starting point for discussion and a writing exercise.
National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom resource created by First Story
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National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom resource created by First Story

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National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September and the theme is freedom. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry. This activity was created for National Poetry Day 2017 by Russ Litten, First Story writer-in-residence in Hull. Called Yesterday and Today it includes ideas and inspiration to get young people thinking about and writing poetry.
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 2017 Freedom lesson plan created by CLPE
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National Poetry Day 2017 Freedom lesson plan created by CLPE

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National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September and is a chance for everyone to share poetry, read poetry, write poetry, and enjoy poetry. Use this resource created by CLPE (Centre for Language in Primary Education) to inspire children to write their own poem based on Matt Goodfellow's When I Swing.
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.