Lesson Plans

This library of lesson plans contains classroom activities for all key stages, built around Poetry Archive recordings and offering lively, engaging ways of working with poetry.

Age 5-7

Lesson plans for 5-7 year olds

Lesson plans with ideas and activities for the youngest school-age children, exploring words, sounds and meanings. Lots of collaboration, shared writing and enjoyment.

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Age 7-11

Lesson plans for 7-11 year olds

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.

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Age 11-14

Lesson plans for 11-14 year olds

Lesson plans with ideas and activities for younger secondary school pupils, developing ways of reading and responding to poems. Some on individual poems, some themed pairs, some mini-projects.

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Age 14-16

Lesson plans for 14-16 year olds

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

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Age 16-19

Lesson plans for 16-19 year olds

Lesson plans and activities for advanced secondary students to explore language, structure, meaning and poetic form. Some focus on hoistorical and artistic context too.

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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... >