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With National Poetry Day taking place on 4th October, we're dedicating this week's newsletter to the lyrical form and have chosen some of our favourite poetry resources.

See below for more, including a brand new resource specially commissioned for this year’s theme of ‘Change’.

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Lindy Leslie

Teachit English editor

Featured resources

Teaching ideas for National Poetry Day

KS2-5 suggestions for getting students to explore language and write some change-themed poetry in honour of National Poetry Day. Written for us by Teachit's resident poet Trevor Millum.

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Poems about shoes

A range of creative tasks including a warm-up, brainstorm, and support for describing shoes in unusual ways – all to help prepare students for writing a poem about shoes.

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Unseen poetry teaching pack

‘The way to understand poems, whether unseen or not, is to get under their skin – and that requires active strategies, which this teaching pack and resources provide.’ Trevor Millum, writer

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20 teaching ideas for poetry

20 creative and practical ideas for teaching poetry.

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Poetic terms posters

Explore key poetic terms and make poetry accessible for KS3-5 students with our stylish posters.

Featuring a range of poets – including John Clare, Wilfred Owen and Grace Nichols – and student-friendly definitions, the posters offer support for the unseen poetry elements in the English Literature GCSE and A level.

With thought-provoking examples from the 18th century to the present day, they’ll provide an engaging visual prompt for teaching poetry in all its forms.

From £19.99 for a pack of ten.


OUP resources


We've teamed up with OUP to bring you KS3 resources for a range of topics and popular texts including 19th-century fiction and non-fiction, reading progress and Wonder.

See all the resources in the collection and download them now.

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English news


Children's literacy levels fall as social media hits reading – The Telegraph

Is studying the arts the preserve of the middle classes? – The Guardian

School sixth form and college funding most severely squeezed, new report says – The Independent


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