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Prompting Poetry, with Joseph Coelho (Episode 29)

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Where do poets get their ideas from?

Poetry is often used during times where emotions need to be shared, such as at weddings or funerals. However, in this Author In Your Classroom episode, Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho, explains why he feels poetry should be read and enjoyed more widely by both children and adults.

In this teaching sequence, children will have the chance to read and explore Joseph Coelho’s poem, This Bear, and investigate figurative language that the poet has used from his ‘poetry toolbox’. Extracts from the podcast are suggested to introduce each section of the teaching sequence, providing an excellent way to connect the things children are learning with the work of a professional author. The pack also links to Joseph’s Laureate project with the National Literacy Trust: Poetry Prompts, for which he is sharing a special ‘Poetry Prompt’ video every week to inspire the nation, young and old, to write poems and to become poets.

The pack includes teacher notes, a PowerPoint, worksheets and beautifully designed elements for a working wall, and has been exclusively created to be used with episode 29 of the Author In Your Classroom podcast – a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!



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  • Teacher notes
  • PowerPoint teaching slides
  • Working wall quotes
  • Working wall images
  • Planning sheet 1
  • Worksheets 1 and 2
  • Writing paper
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