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 SchoolPage 2 Poetry Party projectPoetry PartyA six-week programme of lesson plans and resources for new or established creative writing clubs culminating in a Poetry Party eventDesigned 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 workWeek 4 The Argly Woo as inspiration for poetry work.Week 5 Students write their own poems (ideally ballads)Week 6 Poetry Party preparation Page 3Poetry Party projectWeek OneIntended 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 required00-05 minutesPupils will come in and write a haiku based on the following.The view out of the windowBasics of Haiku can be found in Appendix One05-15 minutesExplain 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 minutesPupils try writing their own haikus based on these ugly things.25-30 minutesPupils share their haikus. Have a vote to decide who wrote the ugliest haiku.Extension WorkTo bring in any other poems theyve written, with a view to the final Poetry Party.Page 4 Poetry Party projectWeek TwoIntended learningDramatic reading of a poemIntended outcomesPupils work together to create their own performance of Frankie and JohnnyTime Activity Resources required00-05 minutesPupils 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 Two15-25 minutesPupils have to arrange their own reading of the poem in groups/as one large group.25-30 minutesPerform the pieces to the rest of the group.Extension WorkPupils to create their own story of Lofty and Ned for next weeks Writing club. Lofty and Ned can be found in Appendix ThreePage 5Poetry Party projectWeek ThreeIntended learningTo explore the poem Zoes EarringsIntended outcomesPupils to create their own funny poems about an item of clothing.Time Activity Resources required00-10minutes Pupils to speed write based upon a title from the pot. Theyll then read them out to each other.10-15 minutesPupils 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. minutesPupils write a list of places they can think of. These can go up on the board.25-30 minutesThey can use one of the following as a title and write their own poem.Brians pantsSallys shoesJohnnys glassesHelens jumperExtension WorkPupils to continue working on these poems, to read them out at the start of the following Writing Club.Page 6 Poetry Party projectWeek FourIntended 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 required00-05 minutesPupils to speed write based upon a title from the pot. Theyll then read them out to each other.05-15 minutesPupils 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 Four15-25 minutesPupils try writing their ending for the poem. What happens to The Argly Woo? Who will defeat it?25-30 minutesPupils share their poems with the rest of the class.Extension WorkPupils create their own monster poemsPage 7Poetry Party projectWeek FiveIntended 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 required00-05 minutesPupils to create their own titles for poems. These can be written up on the board.05-15 minutesPupils 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 minutesPupils share their poems with the group.Extension WorkFine tune their pieces for the party.Page 8 Poetry Party projectWeek SixIntended 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 required00-05 minutesPupils 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 minutesThe teacher or a pupil will work as compere, introducing the students.15-25 minutesThe pupils then either continue planning the party and practising their poems, or deliver the party during the session.25-30 minutesFeedback.Page 9Poetry Party projectPoetry Slam resourcesWeek Resources Can be found1 Haiku PowerPoint An Introduction to Haiku can be found in Appendix One2 Two poems Frankie and Johnny and Lofty and NedFrankie and Johnny can be found in Appendix TwoLofty and Ned can be found in Appendix Three3 Zoes Earrings poem Zoes Earrings can be found here. The Argly Woo poem The Argly Woo can be found in Appendix Four.56Additional resources Word search 10 Poetry Party projectAppendix OneAn 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 syllablesConsider these examples:The graveyard stands stillA moment is a lifetimePeople pass beyondFlourishing 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. Page 11Poetry Party projectAppendix Two Frankie and JohnnyFrankie 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 triggerAnd 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 her man cause he done her wrong.Frankie said to the Sheriff,What do you think theyll do?The Sheriff said to Frankie,Its the electric-chair for you.You shot your man cause he done you wrong.Frankie sat in the jail-house,Had no electric fan,Told her sweet little sister :There aint no good in a man.I had a man but he done me wrong.Once more I saw Frankie,She was sitting in the ChairWaiting for to go and meet her GodWith the sweat dripping out of hair.He was a man but he done her wrong.This story has no moral,This story has no end,This story only goes to showThat there aint no good in men.He was her man but he done her wrong. Page 12 Poetry Party projectAppendix ThreeThe sad story of Lefty and NedThere were two crooks, called Lefty and Ned Who had to steal for their daily bread.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.One day they planned to rob the bank,The other side of the taxi-rank.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.And then they tunnelled into the bank,The other side of the taxi-rank.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.I think it was Monday they got through,With all their tools and gelignite too,But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.They put the gelignite in its place,With a mattress on top, just in case.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.And then they had a terrible scare,When the burglar alarm rent the air.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found. Back to the tunnel they made their way,Just as the police joined in the fray,But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.Ned dropped the torch as he shut the hatch,Because of the dark, he struck a match.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.But hed forgotten the gelignite,And right on to it he dropped the light.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.So now theyre dead, the tunnels caved in,This is the punishment for their sin.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.And now the moral, Crime Never Pays,Youd best take note of this worth phrase.But now their bodies are under ground,Left there to rot until theyre found.Richard Alan CrustPage 13Poetry Party projectAppendix Four The Argly Woo by Mark GristMany people tell stories Of monsters and beasts Of knights killing dragons And glorious feastsOf vampires and werewolves And seamonsters too But none were as bad As the Argly WooWhats the Argly woo? I hear you all shout Well thats what this poem Will tell you aboutThe Argly Woo Was a massive creature With two purple eyes And five gallons of furIt had massive jaws And lived upon meat Underneath all its fur Grew four giant feetWith its claws and its teeth It could destroy and devour The widest village ever known And the highest towerBut a horrible talent which the monster had Was that it could make anyone Go completely madFor instance, Sir Thomas Who came up from the South The Argly Woo easily got him Foaming at the mouthAnd then there was Ryan Dibble who lived at north Jonkers After just a look at the foul beast He went completely bonkersSome acted like a chicken Some thought they were a bunny And the Argly woo, (AW for short) Found this rather funny


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