Age 14-16

Lesson plans and activities for developing increasingly complex responses to more challenging poems. Classic and contemporary, lots of ways of developing "unseen" appreciation.

Lesson on 'Ceasefire' by Michael Longley

To attend to the language of the poem through active listening to aural readings of 'Ceasefire' by the poet, individuals and by peers By drawing attention to literary historical contexts of poetry to foster among students an awareness of how contemporary writers draw on the work of earlier poets as part of a 'living tradition' To engage with some key concepts about poetry including context, genre, narrative and lyric form

Wayne Spence

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Lesson on 'The Whitsun weddings' by Philip Larkin

To explore how a poet uses language to observe and comments on ordinary lives. To understand the cultural and historical contexts in which the poem was written.

Sue Dymoke

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Lesson on 'The applicant' by Sylvia Plath

For students to: explore the poem through their own creative writing experience poetry aurally in the high-octane form of Plath's original recording and student performance of their own Plath-ish poems understand how words and images work in patterns to create mood.

Julie Blake

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Lesson on 'Everyone sang' by Siegfried Sassoon

To explore the way in which poetry can capture the mood of a moment in time. To develop an understanding of historical context in literary study.

Sue Dymoke

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Inclusion: 'Childhood tracks' by James Berry

All pupils will... attend to parts of the poem and be encouraged to make a visual response. Some pupils will... recognise key ideas in the text. A few pupils will... relate the key ideas in the text to similar experiences of their own.

Carolyn Purslow

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Lesson on 'The tin wash dish' by Les Murray

By the end of the lesson pupils will have: considered the way the ways in which abstract ideas can be realised through poetry responded to the poem in a visual form

Sue Dymoke

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Lesson on 'Belfast confetti' by Ciaran Carson

To attend to the language of the poem through active listening to aural readings of 'Belfast Confetti' by the poet, individuals and by peers To consider some key concepts relevant to reading the poem including form, narrator, lyric, anti-lyric, image and symbol To examine the importance of the techniques of naming and punctuation to the meanings contained within the poem

Wayne Spence

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Lesson on 'Journey of the Magi' by T S Eliot

For students to: develop an understanding of some key concepts about poetry, specifically the persona and narrative poetry; experience poetry aurally in the high-octane form of Eliot's original recording; explore many interpretations of the poem's meaning and form through playful, creative and collaborative activity with others.

Julie Blake

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Lesson on 'One evening' by W.H. Auden

For students to: explore the spoken dimension of poetry: specifically the multiple voices of this poem and how they might be conveyed in recital or reading experience poetry aurally in the high-octane form of Auden's original recording, and by listening to alternative readings by other people develop an understanding of the purpose of deploying competing voices in a poem.

Julie Blake

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Inclusion: 'Legend' by Gillian Clarke

All pupils will show an awareness of different uses and meanings of words.

Carolyn Purslow

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Lesson on 'In-a Brixtan markit' by James Berry

To encourage the pleasure of reading and listening to poetry To further pupils' understanding of dialect and the specificity of language poets use to shape meanings To encourage pupils to explore how emotional responses may be expressed in a poem To develop pupils' abilities to use technical language in their discussion of poetry

Lisa Dart

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Lesson on 'Mr and Mrs Scotland are dead' by Kathleen Jamie

EN2 1a: to extract meaning beyond the literal, explaining how the choice of language and style affects implied and explicit meanings EN2 1c: how ideas, values and emotions are explored and portrayed EN2 1d: to identify the perspectives offered on individuals, community and society

Esther Menon

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Daljit Nagra

From time to time a poet is in residence at the Poetry Archive, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation.

Comic Verse

I'm troubled, as you can tell by my introduction, about comic verse. Comic verse gets bad press because rigid notions of comedy foreground throwaway poems. Surely the best comedy is when the poem surprises us into laughter rather than setting up t... >