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.

Reflections on Being Children's Laureate – and Beyond

Reflections on Being Children's Laureate – and Beyond

Reflections on being children's laureate – and beyond
MichaelRosen

Chapter Overview

In this chapter, Michael Rosen reviews his two-year tenure as Children's Laureate. He describes the worst aspects of the poetry teaching he encountered during his visits to schools and the projects he initiated to try to combat these. He then puts forward his contribution to a manifesto which he feels is needed to argue for the important place of poetry in schools. He concludes his contribution with some detailed practical suggestions for how to approach poetry in the classroom.

What Did I Find?

I'll begin with the worst: I'm going round a school popping into classrooms before doing my show in the hall. The teacher welcomes me in, shows me the ...

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