Age 7-11

Lesson plans with activities for older primary school children, paying closer attention to language, structure and poetic effects. Listening, investigating and lots of ideas for inclusion.

Inclusion: 'The sun has burst the sky' by Jenny Joseph

All pupils will use their own sounds and voices to convey feeling. Carolyn Purslow

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Inclusion: 'Variation on an old rhyme' by John Mole

All pupils will... take an active part in re-telling the poem. Some pupils will... use different voices to explore the poem. A few pupils will... make a comparison between two similar poems.

Carolyn Purslow

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Lesson on 'Please Mrs Butler' by Allan Ahlberg

By the end of the lesson the pupils will have: discussed the structure of the poem, specifically the effect of the use of rhyme; discussed the way the poet has organised the poem into sections which develop or move on the 'story' of the poem; discussed the feelings of the characters in the poem, and how we infer from the poem the changes in their feelings.

Anthony Wilson

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Gifted & talented: 'The gull' by Edwin Morgan

The pupils will: Use illustrations, evidence and anecdote to enrich their writing Draw on their experience of story and poetry when developing ideas

Carolyn Purslow

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Lesson on 'Walking with my iguana' by Brian Moses

By the end of the lesson the pupils will have: discussed the structure of the poem, specifically the effect of the use of rhyme read the poem inferentially to discuss assumptions about the speaker of the poem, and about the role the speaker adopts considered the overall impact of the poem upon the listener as a piece for performance

Anthony Wilson

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Lesson on 'Bluebottle' by Judith Nicholls

By the end of the lesson the pupils will have: discussed and reflected on the use of verbs in the poem to create a strong sense of energy; discussed the way simile is used in the poem to creates comparisons between things which share different characteristics; discussed the way metaphor is used in the poem to create comparisons between things which share different characteristics; to compare the use of simile and metaphor and make judgements about which is used more effectively and why.

Anthony Wilson

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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... >