Celebrating World Poetry Day 2021
This Sunday (21st March) is World Poetry Day 2021. This gives us a great opportunity to introduce younger pupils to poetry, and to get older learners enthused about poems. We love poetry here at PTS, so we’ve come up with some ideas on how you can celebrate World Poetry Day in your classroom.
How to integrate World Poetry Day into Your Classroom Time
Integrating World Poetry Day activities into your classroom time could be quite simple. From taking the chance to discuss poetry in literacy lessons or during one-on-one reading time, to asking learners to write poems about your current class topic, poetry can cover a wide range of themes and lessons.
You could investigate the poetry of other countries in geography lessons, find examples of poetry from the past to share during history lessons, and even read a story in verse during story time. Many children’s books are written in verse, but your pupils may not have connected rhyming stories with poetry.
Introducing Younger Pupils to Poetry
As mentioned above, many stories for younger children are written in verse. There are also lots of brilliant poems written for children. Our favourites include
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
Now We Are Six by A A Milne
Listen to the MUSTN’TS by Shel Silverstein
The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Worm in My Pocket by Jodee Samano
A great way to start talking about poetry is to discuss rhyming words. You could ask your pupils to highlight all of the rhymes in a poem and ask them to think of some more. Or, you could use your learners’ current key words, and ask them to find rhymes and turn them into their own poems.
Different Types of Poetry
For older pupils, you could introduce different poetry forms. When writing poetry, some people prefer the constraints of a formal poetic structure, e.g. haiku or sonnet, but others prefer a freer, more modern type of poetry.
Why not introduce your learners to different poetic forms and ask them to choose one to create a poem based on your current topic?
The haiku is a type of Japanese poetry with the following format: three unrhymed lines of poetry in which the first and third lines have five syllables and the second has seven. Haikus lend themselves to describing a specific image or mood.
Originally for Italy, the most famous writer of Sonnets in the UK is William Shakespeare. Shakespearian sonnets have fourteen lines that consist of three quatrains (four rhyming lines) and a final rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme follows the pattern ABABCDCDEFEFGG.
Acrostic poems spell out a name, word, or phrase, with each letter beginning each new line of your poem. Want to set a challenge for your learners? Ask them to write an acrostic poem where the final letters of the poem also spell out a word or message.
Free verse poems are the least defined. In fact, they’re deliberately irregular; there’s no formula, rhyme or pattern.
More confident KS2 pupils may be interested in performance poetry, where a poem is written specifically with performance in mind. Performance poets can play with intonation, pace and volume which can bring a poem to life. The brilliant children’s poet, Michael Rosen, has some great tips for performing poems in this video, suitable for KS2 learners.
For a more collaborative approach to poetry, why not create a class poem? Choose a subject for your poem, then ask your class for words associated with your chosen topic. You could then ask them for rhyming words, or even ask them to vote on which type of poem to create.
For a longer free form poem, each pupil could contribute a line for the poem and then you could choose how to order them. Challenge them to create a line with a certain number of syllables and/or meter.
Free Poem Poster
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Design a Bookmark Competition: We’re looking for new designs for PTS bookmarks, and we need your help. We’d love your pupils to get creative and send us their designs using the template download below. See full competition rules and find out how to enter here.
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Create Your Own Story: Originally created for World Book Day 2018, our Story Generator helps your writers to build and structure a story. Includes a free download to use with your class. Create your story here.