Poetry Train

David Harmer and Roger Stevens use a collection of activities, poems, and advice for teaching poetry in primary schools.  The two share proven approaches based on poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, David Harmer, and Roger Stevens.

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Anyone Seen My Dragon?

Roger Stevens uses a James Carter poem to look at creating animal poetry with pupils.  At a glance: rhyme, writing a chorus, reading together, animal poems. Part of our Poetry Train resource pack.

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Magical Powers

David Harmer uses his poem 'Where The Fairies Are' to look at how students can incorporate magical creatures into their poems.  Part of our Poetry Train resource pack. At a glance: rhyme, imagery, imagination, simile.

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Animal Menagerie

Roger Stevens encourages pupils to create animal poems using metaphors, similes, description, and alliteration to fill Mr. Magoo's Magical Zoo.  Part of our Poetry Train resource pack.

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My Family and Other Pests...

Using a poem by Jackie Kay, David Harmer encourages students to use stories about their friends and family as inspiration for their poems.  At a glance: people and families, contrasts, personal writing, haiku.

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Rhyme Time

Roger Stevens uses his own poem and one by Jan Dean to explain how to avoid 'Clunky Last Line Syndrome' when writing rhyming verses.  At a glance: alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme.

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Short Poems are Scary!

Using a poem by Carol Ann Duffy, David Harmer encourages students to create Nonsense Monsters with inanimate objects and shape them into poems.  At a glance: imagination, haiku and tankas, cinquains, kennings.

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