Poetry

Script to introduce the film

Poet Kei Miller is originally from Jamaica and now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

In this film Commonwealth Class travels to Hillhead Primary School in Glasgow. The students there take part in a poetry workshop with Kei, who answers their questions and gives them some tips for writing their own poems.

Kei Miller: Poetry Workshop

Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email commonwealthclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like to download a copy of this film.

If you could write a poem about anything, what would you choose to write a poem about?

Kei's Grandfather is one his inspirations, who or what inspires you to write poetry?

What destination in your school would you choose to write a poem about?

Imagine you are an archaeologist in the future, like the one in the poem, what would you think of the things you find?

Kei's advice to young poets is to read a lot, why do you think this is?

Do you have a poet who inspires you and why?

How do you think poetry can help you to share ideas?

How important do you think it is to learn traditional poetry from your country?

Join the assembly debate

Join us from 1100-1300 GMT on Thursday 20 March and share your opinions with other schools around the world in our 'Poetry' debate.

We also have a special challenge, we would like you to write a 20 word poem and send it to commonwealthclass@bbc.co.uk

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