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.

Actual Poems, Possible Responses

Actual Poems, Possible Responses

Actual poems, possible responses

Chapter Overview

This chapter describes the author's approach to teaching poetry in the junior school (7–11 years). ‘Actual Poems, Possible Responses’ – a title deliberately copied from Jerome Bruner's work (1986) – reflects on what often actually happens when children read poetry in primary schools and what is possible. Seeing the role of teachers as central to success, the chapter concentrates on how they engage children with poetry by focusing on children's response to poetry, encouraging thoughtful discussion about a range of poems, and engaging children's imaginative capabilities to express their understanding. Suggestions are offered as to how teachers can prepare both themselves and their classes to study poetry, along with titles of useful books and examples of practical ...

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