A Change in Circumstance
This lesson plan is on the theme of change and was written for National Poetry Day 2018 on Thursday 4 October. It looks at Imogen Catsaras’ ‘Dawn in Dartmouth’, a commended poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017.
Write Yourself an Escape Plan
Explore the National Poetry Day 2017 theme of 'Freedom' with this resource for Key Stages 1-2. After reading Brian Bilston's poem 'The Great Escape', create imaginative ways of escaping from particular places.
Clothes that escaped the Great War
Poet and teacher Patricia McCarthy takes us through her National Poetry Competition-winning poem 'Clothes that escaped the Great War'. This resource explores a modern poet's take on the First World War, analysing the poem, and leading to an opportunity for your students to write their own responses.
National Poetry Day 2014 primary resource
R is for… Reading out loud. Experiment with reading poems out loud in fun and different ways to help children build confidence reading poetry out loud.
National Poetry Day 2014 secondary resource
M is for… Mix it up. This activity helps students think about the structure and order of a poem, and the different information that can be revealed by mixing it up.