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By Clara Fiorentini

Monday, 4 March 2019

World Poetry Day - March 21st

The month of March brings lots events and topics for the classroom, including one of my favourites, World Poetry Day!

World Poetry Day falls on March 21st. Did you know that the decision to make March 21st World Poetry Day was made by UNESCO in 1999?  


"One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities."   UNESCO
National Poetry Day Ireland doesn't actually fall until May 2nd this year but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate poetry until then!

Some ideas to try:

Composition:

I find one of the best ways to learners excited about poetry is by giving them the opportunity to become poets and compose their own poetry. There are many lovely varieties of composition styles that can be used throughout the school - especially with the senior end!


Some of these of poems have quite specific rules however, so here's my quick reference guide to get you on your way:



Partner Poetry

One of my favourite types of poems to write with the older children is a 'Partner Poem'. The pupils work in pairs to create a composition with only one simple rule: the poem must follow an AABB pattern! So, the last word of the first line must rhyme with the last word in the second line...and so on!
These are good fun and a nice bit of teamwork. They take a little bit of time, thought, compromise and patience but the end products are always entertaining. I have a template for a partner poem free to download on Mash for anyone who thinks their class might enjoy writing them!


There will be more posts on Poetry coming throughout the month of March - stay tuned!





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