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.

‘Literary Reading’: The Challenge of Getting Young People to Experience Poetry

‘Literary Reading’: The Challenge of Getting Young People to Experience Poetry

‘Literary reading’: The challenge of getting young people to experience poetry

Chapter Overview

In recent years a strong emphasis has been placed on learning how to analyse the formal properties of poetry, especially for examination and test purposes. As a result, one of the challenges for teachers has been finding ways to encourage students to enjoy the emotional and personal power of poetry. This chapter, based on research with poetry classes and teachers at Key Stages 2 and 3, argues for the importance and benefits of adopting a ‘literary reading’ approach to poems, where students spend significant time on individual poems and generate a range of responses, both personal and creative. Also emphasised is the importance ...

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