Poetry Teaching Resources

A collection of teaching resources for primary and secondary schools, for bringing poetry to life in the classroom.

These teaching resources could be used to celebrate World Poetry Day on 21 March or National Poetry Day on 1 October.

Highlights from this collection include:

  • Joseph Coelho on using similes and metaphors.
  • Michael Rosen performing some of his best-known work, including 'Don't' and 'Chocolate Cake'.
  • Caroline Bird's poetry writing masterclass.
  • Hip hop star Akala's analysis of poems that appear on the GCSE/National 5 syllabus.

Primary

Understanding Poetry with Joseph Coelho
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School Radio - Talking Poetry
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School Radio - KS2 Assembly for National Poetry Day
document
'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae
video
Writing and Performance Poetry - Live Lesson
video
‘New Beginnings’ by Tony Walsh (Performance)
video

Secondary

Poetry Writing Masterclass
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Poets in Person
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Simon Armitage - Writing Poems
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Poetry: Between the Lines
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Poetry: Between the Lines - The Romantics
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Contains Strong Language
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Could you be a poet?
document
Why is Robert Burns' work still so popular today?
document

External learning-related websites:

National Poetry Day