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.

Teaching Poetry to Teenagers

Teaching Poetry to Teenagers

Teaching poetry to teenagers

Chapter Overview

This chapter considers key issues involved in teaching poetry to teenagers and provides examples of good classroom practice, focusing on the lower secondary school or KS3 phase. It is organised around three areas of enquiry: progression from KS2 and towards KS4 (14–16 years), the integration of reading and writing, and the cross-curricular dimension in poetry within a subject-based secondary curriculum. The importance of integrating form and content in approaches to poetry with this age-group is emphasised throughout.

I have a pet interview question which goes something like this:

I was in a school yesterday where the teacher told me that her Year 9 class groan when you mention poetry; what can you as an English teacher do to overcome ...

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