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Lovingly crafted whole lessons. We ask great teachers to collaborate with us to create great lessons for secondary school/middle and high school. We love literature. We believe teaching the text is as important as teaching the skills. We believe that your school should be purchasing these resources for you, as they used to support your practice with textbooks. Join us in pressuring TES to introduce a school license! Enjoy!

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Lovingly crafted whole lessons. We ask great teachers to collaborate with us to create great lessons for secondary school/middle and high school. We love literature. We believe teaching the text is as important as teaching the skills. We believe that your school should be purchasing these resources for you, as they used to support your practice with textbooks. Join us in pressuring TES to introduce a school license! Enjoy!
Poetry - Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy - 3 Detailed Whole Lessons
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Poetry - Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy - 3 Detailed Whole Lessons

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Bring this classic poem to life. In Lesson 1, pupils work in groups to infer about the mysterious persona from different perspectives (police officer, schoolfriend etc) to encourage deep reading and to build a complex picture of the ambiguous speaker. In Lesson 2, Duffy's own words about how the context inspired her and carefully selected images provide a deeper understanding of the author's intentions and the political nature of the poem. In Lesson 3, the language is deconstructed in detail, including great examples of the effect of some poetic devices. Each lesson has a PPT with an accompanying Word worksheet, and all the commonly required elements including L/Os and differentiation are included. It is easily editable if you wish to make it your own. These lessons are designed to generate lots of thinking and discussions. If you enjoy these lessons, take a look at our shop.
Poetry - Blake - The Tyger - 4 detailed whole lessons
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Poetry - Blake - The Tyger - 4 detailed whole lessons

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Cultivate a love of this mysterious poem in your class with these four carefully constructed, challenging, complete lessons. Lesson 1, as an introduction, asks students to compare the Tyger with tigers in art, to develop a nuanced picture of the nature of the Tyger and encourage deep reading. Lesson 2 continues the visual theme, requiring students to locate images in the presentation in the text, to prepare them to analyse the wonderful imagery of the poem. Lesson 3 compares the poem with The Lamb, and raises awkward questions about how Blake viewed the Creator! Lesson 4 locates the poem in Blake's context, and asks students to work in groups to make a studied choice between different theories about what the poem is really about. Each lesson is complete, with all the elements that might be required, including challenges for the quick thinkers. Each lesson comes with a worksheet that links to the presentation. All materials are easily editable, if you wish to make it your own. If you like this lesson, please visit our shop.
Poetry - Shakespeare - Sonnet 130 (My Mistress' Eyes) - 3 detailed lessons
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Poetry - Shakespeare - Sonnet 130 (My Mistress' Eyes) - 3 detailed lessons

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Introducing Shakespeare's poetry for the first time? These three interesting, rigorous lessons provide a great 'way in' for teenagers. Lesson 1 scaffolds how to go about understanding the poem, leaving students ready to interpret the poem creatively. Lesson 2 asks students to determine for themselves what makes a sonnet. It will be a valuable resource for teachers looking to teach or recap rhyme, metre, and structure. Lesson 3 uses a great TED talk by Akala, a very well-informed British rapper, where he demonstrates similarities between iambic pentameter and rap. Students then have a go at making their own (humorous) version of the poem using a cloze version of the poem. Everything you need for a successful lesson is present, including pre-starters to capture attention, starters to kick-start inquiry, teaching points, independent or group work, and reflective plenaries. The worksheets link to the presentations. All resources are easily editable if you wish to make them your own. See this lesson to get an idea of what our resources are like: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/poetry-performing-poetry-touch-by-lewin-1st-lesson-free-11141731 If you like this lesson, please visit our shop to see more.
Poetry - Spoken Word Poetry - Comparing with song, rap, speech, and comedy - 2 detailed lessons
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Poetry - Spoken Word Poetry - Comparing with song, rap, speech, and comedy - 2 detailed lessons

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Ignite an interest in poetry. Four carefully selected Youtube videos of great poetry performances from Agard, McNish, Heron, and Zephaniah will appeal to even the most stony-hearted pupils. Add your own favourites! Pupils then form their own concept of the poetic by comparing these poems to other forms of performance. By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to identify what makes poetry poetic, and identify what is poetic about their personal favourite songs. These lessons should be accessible and challenging for all pupils in KS3 and KS4. The lessons are designed so you don't have to do any extra preparation. There is a pre-starter, starter, main activity, and plenary, a worksheet, and each step has a challenge for the inquisitive. You can also easily adapt it to make it your own. If you like these lessons, please visit our shop.
KS3 Poetry - Whole/Complete Scheme/Unit of work
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KS3 Poetry - Whole/Complete Scheme/Unit of work

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Introduce your students to a wide range of great poetry. Encourage a love and understanding of poetry from dub performances to Shakespeare's sonnets. This plan has a whole set of resources that go with it, including Powerpoints and worksheets for every lesson. Find them here: If you like the look of this resource, please visit our shop.
Poetry - Introduction to Modern Poetry - Reading, analysing, and writing - 2 detailed lessons
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Poetry - Introduction to Modern Poetry - Reading, analysing, and writing - 2 detailed lessons

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An introduction to modern poetry. Even sceptical readers should be intrigued by these strange, beautiful poems. Pupils are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about constitutes modern poetry, by comparing three Imagist poems (by Pound, Williams, and H.D.). In the next lesson, 'In a Station of the Metro' and 'Between Walls' are broken down, so the students, with step-by-step guidance, can create their own versions of these classic short imagist poems. Everything you need for the lessons is included, as well as a differentiated worksheets for those who might require more guidance. They should be accessible and challenging for most students in KS3-4. If you like these lessons, please visit our shop.
Poetry - Performing Poetry - Touch by Lewin - 2 Detailed Whole Lessons and Worksheets
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Poetry - Performing Poetry - Touch by Lewin - 2 Detailed Whole Lessons and Worksheets

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These two lessons structure and guide a group performance of this classic poem. Even the most reluctant students of poetry should be moved! Surely this is the best way of really experiencing what the poet felt. High-achieving students will find the interview with the poet lends a greater depth of understanding, and are provided with extra challenges. Feedback to improve the performance is scaffolded, so your whole class should achieve their best. Included are a very detailed presentation and a worksheet - everything you need to deliver the lesson. It is easily editable if you wish to make it your own. If you like the look of this lesson, please visit our shop.
Poetry - Performing Poetry - Touch by Lewin - 1st lesson FREE
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Poetry - Performing Poetry - Touch by Lewin - 1st lesson FREE

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Visit our shop for lesson 2 and many others by clicking on the username. Group performance: a great way to encourage deeper reading of a poem. Students discover the circumstance that inspired the poem - imprisonment on Robben Island (with Nelson Mandela), and use an interview with the poet to give their performance direction. This is a whole, complete lesson, and includes everything you might need, including a worksheet. Lesson 2 gives students modelled feedback to allow them to do their best. Visit our shop for more lessons like this one.
Poetry - Whole, Complete Poetry Unit/Scheme of Work 1/2 PRICE INTRO OFFER
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Poetry - Whole, Complete Poetry Unit/Scheme of Work 1/2 PRICE INTRO OFFER

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Bring poetry to life. A complete unit of work to introduce KS3 students to a wide range of great poetry, from dub poetry performance to Shakespeare's sonnets. See the plan here to get an overview of the unit: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks3-poetry-whole-complete-scheme-unit-of-work-11173132 Each lesson has a Powerpoint presentation and an accompanying worksheet. Included are lesson objectives, pre-starters, starters, learning activities, application of learning, and plenaries. Differentiation and extension are included where appropriate. Lessons are designed to generate lots of thinking and discussion. Some have carefully structured group work, some ask students to perform, some are based on images from art - each lesson is different and engaging. Students learn as much from writing their own poems as from analysing poems in detail. Also featured are materials to help students achieve their best in an extended essay, which would form a natural assessment activity. Most importantly, everything is easily editable, so you can make it your own. It is complete as it is, but each teacher is different, so it can be used as a foundation for your own planning.
Introduction to Poetry - Making Poetry Interesting - 6 lesson mini unit
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Introduction to Poetry - Making Poetry Interesting - 6 lesson mini unit

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Make poetry interesting: five lessons that should interest and inspire even the most reluctant students of poetry, while still providing a meaty challenge to the most enthusiastic. Spoken word performances on Youtube, solving Tolkein's riddles, guided writing, and group performance bring poetry to life. These lessons were created in a school with students from a wide range of backgrounds, and are designed to appeal to them all. Each lesson is planned and presented in a level of detail that we just couldn't achieve when teaching full-time. All resources are easily editable, so you can make them your own. Each set of lessons is also available to purchase individually - visit our shop to see the whole range.
Poetry - Riddle Poems - Solving and writing - 2 detailed lessons
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Poetry - Riddle Poems - Solving and writing - 2 detailed lessons

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Fun, head-scratching lessons. Students read and try to solve a selection of classic riddle poems that feature personification. A great way to enthuse teenagers about poetry. This lesson should be accessible and challenging for most pupils in KS3 and KS4. Some of the riddles are pretty tough, though! These lessons are complete and detailed, and include a pre-starter, starter, main activity, and plenary, and each step has a challenge for the inquisitive. You can easily adapt it to make it your own. If you like this lesson visit our shop.
Poetry - Whole, Complete Poetry Unit/Scheme of Work
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Poetry - Whole, Complete Poetry Unit/Scheme of Work

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Bring poetry to life. A complete unit of work to introduce KS3 students to a wide range of great poetry, from dub poetry performance to Shakespeare's sonnets. See the plan here to get an overview of the unit: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks3-poetry-whole-complete-scheme-unit-of-work-11173132 Each lesson has a Powerpoint presentation and an accompanying worksheet. Included are lesson objectives, pre-starters, starters, learning activities, application of learning, and plenaries. Differentiation and extension are included where appropriate. Lessons are designed to generate lots of thinking and discussion. Some have carefully structured group work, some ask students to perform, some are based on images from art - each lesson is different and engaging. Students learn as much from writing their own poems as from analysing poems in detail. Also featured are materials to help students achieve their best in an extended essay, which would form a natural assessment activity. Most importantly, everything is easily editable, so you can make it your own. It is complete as it is, but each teacher is different, so it can be used as a foundation for your own planning.