Here are links to several articles of mine about how to inspire children with poetry. It’s not difficult, so don’t be worried, but it does amount to more than grabbing a copy of The Works ten minutes before a lesson! I’ve nothing against The Works – it does contain some wonderful poetry – but there is plenty more out there, much of it really exciting for children.
Your first poetry lesson with a new class. How to get the children writing poetry.
Questions to ask children about a poem
Revise five key poetic devices – like this
Poems I have successfully tried with a class
Question cards for poetry lessons – can be used with any poem. Print them out, hand them out, collect them back and use again!
How to start a poetry lesson
25 things to do with a poem – loads of ideas, and none of them involve worksheets!
An example lesson of getting children to write poems
Five simple rules for writing a poem. You can print these out and put them up in the classroom.
How to get your class to perform a poem.
Inspiring quotes about poetry. Slap one on the start of your Powerpoint, or print them about and put them on your walls!