Listen to the poet reading his poem. Listen to it a few times without comment.
What images or pictures are the pupils left with in their minds? Write down, before discussion, what those pictures are.
In small groups, describe these mental images to each other. What are the similarities or how are they different?
Talk about where the poem takes place or from what perspective pupils think it was written.
Choose where you place yourself in the classroom and read out the poem. Think carefully about the voices you use, what you're wearing and the objects cast around you. What impressions do you make?
Ask the pupils to reset the scene, to rearrange the objects around you. Then read the poem again.
Why did they place a particular object? How do they relate it to the poem? What about background sounds? Could there be any/should there be any?
Invite individual pupils to re-present short sections of the poem with these thoughts and ideas in mind.
Lay out 'Twelve blank sheets of paper' and place an object on each sheet. Ask the pupils to visit each object, handle it, smell it, listen to it, then write a word or a line about it on the sheet of paper. When all twelve have been visited, share the words with the class.
Ask pupils to take a line or a word (another person's word or their own) from each page, to create a new poem with the working title Twelve objects
Invite pupils to read out their poems, thinking carefully about the voices they use, what they are wearing and the objects cast around them.