The Art of Writing
The Art of Writing was written by Kate Clanchy
These are lesson plans and suggestions for poetry workshops for students aged 8-19. They are all road tested: they all derive from workshops I’ve run over the last ten years in a multicultural school in East Oxford. There are accompanying video and poems to photocopy too, but please don’t take any of these elements as compulsory. To write a poem with a class the main ingredients are your enthusiasm, a good poem to read and share together, and some time.
How much time you have will determine how many of these ideas you might like to use. If you have a single joint session, you could try out the Surrealists Game with a translation follow-up activity. If you have two joint sessions, you could follow up with the ghazal exercises. Teachers in both centres could use the other ideas in separate sessions with their own students and share the results.
If you are working with Primary pupils, you will probably find the Feelings/Colours/Food Game most suitable, followed up with the Magic Box Poem and the Table Poem. With Secondary students, the Ghazal exercises always works well.
- 2Working with Translation
- 3Working with Arabic Schools and Students
- 4Working with Farsi, Bengali, and Urdu students
- 5The Surrealist’s Game
- 6The Feelings/Food or Feelings/Colours Game
- 7Moving on from the Surrealist Game
- 8Translation Time
- 9Magic Box Poems
- 10The Table
- 11Last Year, This Year
- 12I Don’t Remember
- 13Ghazal غَزَل : A Shared Form
- 14Write Your Own