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Jumpstart! Poetry

Games and Activities for Ages 7-12, 1st Edition

By Pie Corbett


186 pages

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A good poetry idea should help the children feel excited about writing and enable them to think of what to write - developing their imagination, creativity and writing skills.

Jumpstart! Poetry is about involving children as creative writers through writing poems. The book contains a bank of ideas that can be drawn upon when teaching poetry but also at other times to provide a source for creative writing that children relish. There are more than 100 quick warm-ups to fire the brain into a creative mood and to ‘jumpstart’ reading, writing and performing poetry in any key stage 1 or 2 classroom.

Practical, easy-to-do and vastly entertaining, this new ‘jumpstarts’ will appeal to busy teachers in any primary classroom.


'I am a fan of Pie Corbett and have not been disapponted with this excellent book. It is crammed full of writing and reading ideas for poetry learning with increased enjoyment and fun. I feel sure that using these activities will support the children's love for reading and writing of all genres. I also bought the Jumpstart storytelling and the Jumpstart creative writing books with this one and now I have a pocket full of teaching and learning diamonds to dip into for all sorts of learning objectives, but mostly to lead all the children to love language and stories. He suggests to achieve a poetry loving environment we begin staff meetings with a poem. There's a thought!' - Stella Sudds, review on amazon

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Ideas for developing a ‘poetry climate’ in schools and classrooms 2. Poetry reading games and activities 3. Poetry warm up games 4. Poetry writing games 5. Reading workshop ideas 6. Writing workshop ideas 7. Shakespeare rules 8. Poetry slams 9. Using the images 10. Ideas for publishing and performances Appendices

About the Author

Freelance writer, poet and educational consultant. Pie was a primary head teacher, lecturer and English Inspector. Author and editor of over 250 books, he runs training and development projects for the national strategy, education authorities and schools.

About the Series


The Jumpstart! books contain ‘quick-figure' ideas that could be used as warm-ups and starter exercises; as well as extended into lessons. Each book has more than 50 inspiring games and activities for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classrooms. Practical, easy-to-do, and entertaining, the ‘jumpstarts’ will appeal to busy teachers in any primary school.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
POETRY / General