Using ideas and activities already tried and tested in the classroom, this book shows practitioners how imaginative drama lessons and activities can be used to help encourage and improve children's writing, speaking and listening skills. Perfect for the person who might not be used to leading drama-based activities, this book takes a step-by step approach that will help even the most daunted teacher tackle drama with confidence. Also included are: " ideas for suitable writing and drama activities; " advice on lesson planning; " list of useful resources; " examples of children's work and teachers' comments. Class teachers, teaching assistants, literacy consultants and drama and English co-ordinators looking for practical, fun drama activities to support literacy will find all the help they need in this book.

Year 8: Poetry of the First World War: Focus: Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfrid Owen

Year 8: Poetry of the First World War: Focus: Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfrid Owen

Year 8: Poetry of the first world war: Focus: Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfrid Owen
Literacy Links:Word Level Y9.7 (layers of meaning in writer's choice of words); Sentence Level Y9.5 (evaluate their ability to shape ideas rapidly …); Text Level Y9.11 (make telling use of descriptive detail)


The teacher reads the poem through (A3 copy) for the class, then asks them to read it through individually. Pairs text-marked as follows:

  • words which suggest tiredness;
  • words which suggest disgust;
  • words which suggest the writer's helplessness.

The class then reported back and a brief discussion followed to consolidate understanding of the narrative and the poet's viewpoint.


  • Still frame: choose a moment in the poem. Rest of the ...
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