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Playing around with poetry

Teacher Anne Girven





7-8 4 2-3 weeks


Achievement Objective Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

Listening to Texts  Listen to texts (poetry), identify the purposes, recall and respond to the main ideas.
Using Texts  Using different text forms, recite, read aloud, and present using appropriate delivery


 Exploring language  Identify and discuss language features and their effects in a range of texts.
 Thinking Critically  Discuss and interpret texts, considering relevant personal experiences and other points of view.

Supporting Achievement Objective

Learning Outcomes

 Close Reading  Discuss language, meaning and ideas in a range of texts, relating their understanding to experiences, purposes, audience and other texts.


Teacher background reading

Teaching and learning activities

Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

Learning task 1

Learning task 2

Learning task 3

Gather and display a poetry (RTF 5KB) : rhymes, ballads, free verse, narrative poems, nonsense poems, limericks, haiku.

Throughout the unit students to independently read a selection of poetry and keep a record of poems read.

Links for students

Collaborative online projects

Poetry Express


Students select a poem they enjoy and prepare a presentation of it for their group.

self_assessment (RTF 570KB)

assessment (RTF 7KB)



  • Hall, R. Sea Poetry Wayland
  • Harvey, A. Shades of Green Red Fox Books, Guernsey Press
  • Huck, C. Secret Places New York: Greenwillow Books
  • Moon, P. Earthlines Pimlico Pub. Ltd
  • A Packet of Poems Oxford University Press
  • School Journals
  • Library Books
  • Students' own resources


Follow up

Students use these skills for writing poems in a selected form. Students share and respond to the poems of others in small groups.

A class anthology could be made and illustrated using the students' writing. See an student_poems (RTF 2MB) of student work.

Published on: 20 Apr 2009