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.

‘Look, Children – a Real, Live Poet!’: The Role of the Poet in Primary Schools

‘Look, Children – a Real, Live Poet!’: The Role of the Poet in Primary Schools

‘Look, children – a real, live poet!’: The role of the poet in primary schools

Chapter Overview

In this chapter, James Carter describes in detail the various kinds of visits he makes to schools in the UK and abroad and reflects on what he encounters there, including one-day visits, in-service training days, and gifted and talented writers’ days. He also gives advice on what teachers can do to make the most of such visits by poets, both for themselves and for their pupils. The chapter tries to provide specific answers to the questions: ‘Why are poets invited into school?’ and ‘What are “real live” poets good for?’

Until recently, children's poetry was not ...

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