This book offers a wealth of ideas and support for ways to bring poetry alive, drawing on what is known to work, and exploring exciting fresh ideas. It will help you to teach poetry with imagination and confidence, so that you can try new things whilst still meeting national curriculum requirements. An enjoyable and uplifting book, it is a must for anyone working with children aged 5 to 14 who is looking for inspiration for their poetry teaching.



A Tale of Two English Teachers

Mr Platt and Mr Boon taught me English in the early years of secondary school, between the ages of 11 and 14. It was the 1960s and I was a pupil at a boys’ grammar school in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a region where, unknown to me, a sea-change was taking place in the teaching of English, particularly the teaching and assessment of writing.

As I look back through my English schoolbooks of this time, when I was 11 and 12, Mr Platt's comments on my written work recall his approach: write an essay, not a story (4/10); careless (6/10); fair effort (6/10); too brief (4/10); a capital letter is not required in the same sentence. Mr Platt's response ...

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