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Where talk is never cheap: 'Love Poem to Young Offenders Support Workers'

This lesson plan explores Libby Russell's ‘Love Poem to Young Offenders Support Workers’, a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020.

The activities can be used in a single session, or over a series of sessions.

In this resource, produced by Teacher Trailblazer Gareth Ellis, students are encouraged to think about why poets choose to write about love, how society values different types of knowledge, and the relationship between ‘here’ and ‘home’ in this poem. They are also encouraged to explore the sonnet form more widely.


WWI Poetry and the Home Front (Secondary Level)

Using Marian Allen's First World War poem 'The Wind on the Downs', and Linda Hughes' new animation, we explore the poetry of those people left at home during the First World War.


Poetry Review 103:2, Summer 2013, teachers' notes

Teachers' notes explore an issue of the Poetry Review and links between the contemporary poems and canonical texts. At a glance: translation; literary heritage, lexicography and imagery.


Bright Star by John Keats

Activities to support the teaching of John Keats' sonnet'Bright Star'.At a glance: John Keats, sonnets, feelings and emotion, love poetry, experience.