English Literature KS3: Poetry workshop - The 2 sides of me

Now in her mid-twenties Caroline Bird published her first book of verse aged just fifteen.

In this entertaining workshop she invites thirty teenagers to imagine the two sides of their personalities, and then write poems that describe their differences and what might happen if 'The 2 sides of me' were to meet or come into conflict.

The result is a crop of poems, some funny, others poignant.

This clip is from the series How to Write.

Teacher Notes

Useful when discussing creative writing and poetry and as an inspiration for classroom poetry workshops.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.