Primary School Teaching Resources: Poetry Party Project

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A resource for Primary School Teachers designed to help teach children about poetry. The theme is 'Poetry Party' Includes lessons plans and hand-outs


  • Developing a Creative Writing Club in your Primary School

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    Poetry Party

    A six-week programme of lesson plans and resources for new or established creative writing clubs culminating in a Poetry Party event

    Designed and Produced by Mark Grist as part of the Well Versed Poetry in Schools project.

    Week 1 Who can write the ugliest Haiku?

    Week 2 Introduction to ballads. A dramatic reading of Frankie and Benny

    Week 3 Zoes Earrings as inspiration for poetry work

    Week 4 The Argly Woo as inspiration for poetry work.

    Week 5 Students write their own poems (ideally ballads)

    Week 6 Poetry Party preparation

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    Week One

    Intended learningTo introduce the scheme for the half term and get students to develop their understanding of haikus.

    Intended outcomesEach student to write at least one haiku about something ugly.

    Time Activity Resources required

    00-05 minutes

    Pupils will come in and write a haiku based on the following.The view out of the window

    Basics of Haiku can be found in Appendix One

    05-15 minutes

    Explain that Haikus often describe nature or something beautiful. Today were going to try to create ugly haikus.Pupils have 2 minutes to write a list of ugly things no people that anyone would know are allowed to be included. They then share them.

    15-25 minutes

    Pupils try writing their own haikus based on these ugly things.

    25-30 minutes

    Pupils share their haikus. Have a vote to decide who wrote the ugliest haiku.

    Extension Work

    To bring in any other poems theyve written, with a view to the final Poetry Party.

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    Week Two

    Intended learningDramatic reading of a poem

    Intended outcomesPupils work together to create their own performance of Frankie and Johnny

    Time Activity Resources required

    00-05 minutes

    Pupils each write a title for a poem these go in a pot. One is drawn at random and they have 5 minutes to write a poem (the others will be drawn in later weeks). They can be as ridiculous as you like and the aim is to see what you come up with in a short space of time.

    05-10 minutes

    Read through Frankie and Johnny as a class. Frankie and

    Johnny can be found in Appendix Two

    15-25 minutes

    Pupils have to arrange their own reading of the poem in groups/as one large group.

    25-30 minutes

    Perform the pieces to the rest of the group.

    Extension Work

    Pupils to create their own story of Lofty and Ned for next weeks Writing club.

    Lofty and Ned can be found in Appendix Three

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    Week Three

    Intended learningTo explore the poem Zoes Earrings

    Intended outcomesPupils to create their own funny poems about an item of clothing.

    Time Activity Resources required

    00-10minutes Pupils to speed write based upon a title from the pot. Theyll then read them out to each other.

    10-15 minutes

    Pupils watch Zoes Earrings and discuss the following:What did you think of the poem?What was effective in the poem?Could you write your own version?

    Zoes Earrings can be seen here.

    15-20 minutes

    Pupils write a list of places they can think of. These can go up on the board.

    25-30 minutes

    They can use one of the following as a title and write their own poem.Brians pantsSallys shoesJohnnys glassesHelens jumper

    Extension Work

    Pupils to continue working on these poems, to read them out at the start of the following Writing Club.

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    Week Four

    Intended learningPupils work on The Argly Woo and see whether they can finish the poem.

    Intended outcomesTo write an ending to The Argly Woo.

    Time Activity Resources required

    00-05 minutes

    Pupils to speed write based upon a title from the pot. Theyll then read them out to each other.

    05-15 minutes

    Pupils get a copy of the first half of The Argly Woo by Mark Grist. Read it through as a class.

    The Argly Woo can be found in Appendix Four

    15-25 minutes

    Pupils try writing their ending for the poem. What happens to The Argly Woo? Who will defeat it?

    25-30 minutes

    Pupils share their poems with the rest of the class.

    Extension Work

    Pupils create their own monster poems

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    Week Five

    Intended learningTo develop their own poem for the Poetry Party.

    Intended outcomesEach pupil to have a poem about a location which could be used in the Party.

    Time Activity Resources required

    00-05 minutes

    Pupils to create their own titles for poems. These can be written up on the board.

    05-15 minutes

    Pupils write on the board a list of places that are important to them eg their bedroom, the beach. Pupils create their own poems about these places, focusing on how they feel when they go there. Perhaps something has annoyed them and the place makes them forget this.

    25-30 minutes

    Pupils share their poems with the group.

    Extension Work

    Fine tune their pieces for the party.

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    Week Six

    Intended learningTo develop team-working skills and take responsibility for organising a poetry event.

    Intended outcomesAn outline for the party will be created, with pupils knowing what theyre reading.

    Time Activity Resources required

    00-05 minutes

    Pupils practice reading their poems and decide on a running order. They can each read one poem by another writer and one of their own poems.

    05-15 minutes

    The teacher or a pupil will work as compere, introducing the students.

    15-25 minutes

    The pupils then either continue planning the party and practising their poems, or deliver the party during the session.

    25-30 minutes


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    Poetry Slam resources

    Week Resources Can be found

    1 Haiku PowerPoint An Introduction to Haiku can be found in Appendix One

    2 Two poems Frankie and Johnny and Lofty and Ned

    Frankie and Johnny can be found in Appendix Two

    Lofty and Ned can be found in Appendix Three

    3 Zoes Earrings poem Zoes Earrings can be found here.

    4 The Argly Woo poem The Argly Woo can be found in Appendix Four.



    Additional resources Word search

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    Appendix One

    An Introduction to Haiku

    - Haiku poems come from Japan

    - Haiku usually have simple themes and images

    - Haiku are short poems, usually seventeen syllables long:o The first and third line contain five syllables eacho The second line contains seven syllables

    Consider these examples:

    The graveyard stands stillA moment is a lifetimePeople pass beyond

    Flourishing despiteYour rough inconstant climate,

    I shake but am still.

    Your name is on the Internet under those dead - Resting at St Marks.

    Count the syllables. Do these poems conform to the rules of Haiku?

    Haikus often capture a feeling, a perception or a snapshot of something. Although brief they can provoke deep thought.

    Discussions of the haikus may lead to an awareness of the generally sombre nature of the form.

    The following websites contain more information about, and examples of, haiku.

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    Appendix Two Frankie and Johnny

    Frankie and Johnny were lovers.O My Gawd how they did love!They swore to be true to each other,As true as the stars above.He was her man but he done her wrong.

    Frankie went down to the hock-shop,Went for a bucket of beer,Said: O Mr BartenderHas my loving Johnny been here?He is my man but hed doing me wrong.

    I dont want to make you no trouble,I dont want to tell you no lie,But I saw Johnny an hour agoWith a girl named Nelly Bly,He is your man but hes doing you wrong.

    Frankie went down to the hotel,She didnt go there for fun,Cause underneath her kimonaShe toted a 44 Gun.He was her man but he done her wrong.

    Frankie went down to the hotel.She rang the front-door bell,Said: Stand back all you chippiesOr Ill blow you all to hell.I want my man for hes doing me wrong.

    Frankie looked in through the key-holeAnd there before her eyeShe saw her Johnny on the sofaA-loving up Nelly Bly.He was her man; he was doing her wrong.

    Frankie threw back her kimona,Took out a big 44,Root-a-toot-toot, three time she shootRight through that hardware door.He was her man but her was doing her wrong.

    Johnny grabbed up his Stetson,Said: O my Gawd Frankie dont shoot!But Frankie pulled hard on the trigger

    And the gun went root-a-toot-toot.She shot her man who was doing her wrong.Roll me over easy,Roll me over slow,Roll me over on my right sideCause my left side hurts me so.I was her man but I done her wrong.

    Bring out your rubber-tired buggy,Bring out your rubber-tired hack;Ill take my Johnny to the graveyardBut I wont bring him back.He was my man but he done me wrong.

    Lock me in that dungeon,Lock me in that cell,Lock me where the north-east windBlows from the corner of Hell.I shot my man cause he done me wrong.

    It was not murder in the first degree,It was not murder in the third.A woman simply shot her manAs a hunter drops a bird.She shot h


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