Literacy + Poetry + Drama

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Dear colleague,

Why teach poetry?

With Literacy and Numeracy Week (29 August–4 September) and International Literacy Day (8 September) coming up, let’s stop and consider one of the great forms of literature: poetry.

Beautifully crafted or playfully rhymed, poetry offers the opportunity to experiment with language.

In both performance and creation, poetry can touch our senses, our emotions and linger in our memories.

How many of you remember your childhood nursery rhymes, or have a favourite verse that has glued itself to your memory?

Consider the rhythm of a ballad, the sparkle of a limerick or the beat of a rap.

Poetry provides a platform on which to build performance and practice oral reading skills.

Poetry also offers the writer a way to connect with others, to synthesis ideas in a few well-chosen words, or shape to a disciplined form such as a haiku.

The Australian Curriculum: English describes opportunities to explore poetry with students from the Foundation years. Poetry can be used as a brilliant stimulus for the Arts in drama, the visual arts and in dance. It can be enhanced using sound and images through technology. Poetry can also be used in history, to connect students with the past in a way that is personal and direct. Poetry from other countries, translated or in the original language, grants a perspective of a life or a place different to one’s own.

This week, why not challenge your students to explore their world through the lens of a poet?

Looking for poetry in Scootle? Try these terms: Metre(Poetry); Narrative poetry, Shape poetry; Lyric Poetry, Nursery Rhymes, Poets.


Suggested Resources

Early Years

Community celebration
This package of work will help you to explore a five-week unit on poetry and song texts with students. It covers text purpose, organisation, language structures and features, and techniques.

Middle Years

Poetry anthology: haiku, list, cyber
This resource allows students to create their own collection of poems. They can set up their own profile; and read, rate and create poems to add to their collection.

Upper Years

Engaging with poetry - odes
Discover how language forms, and the features of odes. Students have the opportunity to compose texts based on odes, and respond to the language forms and features.

Learning Path - July 2016

Learning Path

What's New in Scootle?
Discover content from a range of subject areas including health and well-being, agriculture in education, literature and secondary science units.

The Power of Poetry

Watch This

The power of poetry
This video explores the original work 'Balance', from young British poet Kate Tempest. Watch as her words, voice, and actions engage the audience.

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation

Mobile App

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation
This app turns your device into a mobile poetry library, featuring poems from classic and contemporary poets.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bell Shakespeare’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns by popular demand!

Eight performers will play a multitude of characters, uncovering all the comic confusion and meddling mischievousness that A Midsummer Night’s Dream promises, in a 90 minute production that proves the course of true love never ran smooth.

Playing in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, August – September 2016.

Visit the Bell Shakespeare website for details.


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