3rd Edition

How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 5-9

By Michaela Morgan Copyright 2020
    106 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    106 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in a fully revised third edition, How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 5–9 is a practical, activity-based resource of poetry writing workshops. Each workshop provides enjoyable activities for pupils, aimed at building enjoyment and understanding of what poetry is and how to write it. Aiming to encourage speaking and listening skills as well as developing writing, this book includes:

    • new workshops and a new emphasis on cross-curricular links;
    • spelling, punctuation and grammar approached in an enjoyable and memorable way via poetry;
    • redrafting and revising activities;
    • poetry writing frames;
    • traditional and contemporary poems from diverse cultures;
    • children’s own poems on their favourite subjects;
    • performance poetry;
    • word games, nonsense and invented words;
    • an A to Z guide to poetry, providing terminology, examples and a fund of further lesson ideas;
    • a very extensive bibliography to encourage further reading and reading for enjoyment.

    This book provides teachers with a wealth of material and the inspiration to create a class of enthusiastic and skilled readers, writers and listeners.


    A Note from the Author

    Introduction: Writers’ Workshop

    Almost Everything You Need to Know about Poetry Workshops: A to Z

    Workshop 1: Rhyme Time – enjoying traditional rhyme

    Workshop 2: Action Time – action poetry

    Workshop 3: Pussycat, Pussycat – nursery rhymes

    Workshop 4: Can You Do the Kangaroo? – ‘nonsense’ words

    Workshop 5: Mrs Brown – extending a pattern, rhyming

    Workshop 6: All Join In – onomatopoeia

    Workshop 7: Monster Meals – alliteration

    Workshop 8: Chips – a cut-up poem, or a shape/concrete poem

    Workshop 9: The Robin – writing a non-rhyming poem

    Workshop 10: The Poem Hunt – using the senses, writing poetic sentences,
    making revisions

    Workshop 11: Feelings – using similes, expressing emotion

    Workshop 12: Word Hoard – collecting interesting words

    Workshop 13: Playing Around – word play, tongue-twisters, riddles, puns

    Workshop 14: Licensed to Thrill – performing poetry

    Workshop 15: The Jumblies – narrative poetry

    Workshop 16: Bags of Spage

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    Michaela Morgan is an award-winning poet, children’s author, writer and former teacher, and runs workshops and courses both in the UK and internationally. She is also a National Poetry Day Ambassador, has been published in numerous poetry anthologies, and has edited and authored multiple books including Words to Whisper, Words to Shout, Wonderland: Alice in Poetry and Reaching the Stars. Her website is www.michaelamorgan.com.