World Poetry Day 21.03.20

Useful resources and suggested activities.

Four of this week’s WoW lessons should be focused on World Poetry Day, they should include at least one literacy-based task, reading task, writing task and speaking and listening task. The fifth session should be independent but supported reading.

World Poetry Day

This website gives a brief overview of the background to World Poetry Day and its links to UNESCO.  The language is really challenging but could give a good opportunity to encourage learners to challenge their decoding and understanding.  Could also be a good extract to use for dictionary work.  Could be used to create a poster, display etc.

Poem generator

A really fun poem generator, great idea to start learners off on developing their own poems.  Lots of variety of the poems to choose from.

How to write a haiku
Directions of how to write a haiku, could be used to write haikus or as a comprehension reading task.

Poetry 4 Kids
Website with lots of poems, resources etc…endless literacy possibilities.

Poetry foundation

A huge resource of poems by category or poet, including opportunities to listen to poems.  Could be used as reading tasks to consider emotions, messages from the poems etc or as impetus for speaking and listening tasks.

BBC Teach

Teaching resources provided by the BBC.  Some may be more English based than literacy focused but you may find a nugget that will inspire a speaking and listening task or support the reading of a poem.

What is poetry

You will need to create a log in for this site.  A presentation that explains what poetry is.  Could be used to make notes and then to create a summary of what we know about poetry.

Other resources

There are many other resources that can be used this week to access a range of poetry ideas including haikus, concrete poetry, limericks, sonnets etc – just Google.  Concrete poetry is lovely for display work and limericks will always give the learners a laugh.  YouTube is also good for showing performance poetry.

This is far from an exhaustive list and I would encourage you to use your own poetry favourites or ask me for some ideas if you need them.  If you want any support just shout.

World Poetry Day 21/03/20 – Key Words

(Use as spellings, dictionary work, displays etc).

Poet Poem Rhyme Rhythm Line Stanz Haiku Limerick Sonnet Imagery Couplet Personification Onomatopoeia Simile Caesura

Discussion prompts:

Is poetry still relevant?

Is a song a poem to music?

Poetry is only for upper class people – discuss.

Poetry is too hard to understand – discuss.

Poetry can stir up a range of emotions – discuss.