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

3rd Edition

By Michaela Morgan


88 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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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–Z guide to poetry, providing terminology, examples and a fund of further lesson ideas.

● an A to Z guide to poets 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.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Writers’ Workshop

Almost Everything You Need to Know about Poetry Workshops: A–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 SPAG!

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About the Author

Michaela Morgan is an award winning poet, children’s author, writer and former teacher. She runs workshops and courses in the UK and internationally. She is a National Poetry Day Ambassador. Her latest poetry contributions are Wonderland: Alice in Poetry (shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award for poetry) and Reaching the Stars: Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls (winner of the North Somerset Teachers’ Award). Her previous collection Words to Whisper was shortlisted for the BBC Blue Peter Award.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities