Poems read aloud by poets
Hello parents and children,
CLPE, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education , have kindly shared some videos of poems read aloud by the authors themselves. It is fabulous to have poems read out aloud by the actual poet!
Parents, please watch the videos of the poems being read aloud with your child. When you have watched it a couple of times and enjoyed the poem, you could discuss the following with your child:
Can you retell the poem?
Can you tell me what happened in the poem?
What was your favourite part of the poem? Why?
Do you like the way the poem ended? Can you think of another ending?
Can you make up a similar poem to the one the poet told?
Can you write a letter to the poet, letting him/ her know what your thoughts are about his/her poem and why?
Can you write a review about the poem you heard?
Can you perform their poems in the same way?
Children, once you have heard a poem read to you by an author on the CLPE website, you can write a poetry review in your very best handwriting about the poem you have heard. You can send a photo or scan of your poetry review to the address below so that we can place some of these on our school website for other children to see.
Send book reviews to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The poetry review can have the following structure:
A summary of the poem (without giving away the ending!):
A summary about the relationship between the author and the object of the poem:
How did the poem make you feel and why:
What was the most exciting part and why:
A thank you message to the author about what you loved about the poem and why:
A thank you message to CLPE for the access:
Have a look at the poets below reading poems they have written. Watch the way they perform their poem - it is such a pleasure!
John Agard - 'Among the Hairyboos and Smoothyboos'
Allan Ahlberg - 'The Slow Man'
Ruth Awolola - 'Mainly About Aliens'
James Berry - 'Jamaican Song'
Valerie Bloom - 'Grandma, Bandana an' Me'
Steven Camden - 'Real World'
James Carter- 'Splish! Splash! Splosh!
Joseph Coelho - 'Conquer'
Sarah Crossan - 'In Wellies'
Julia Donaldson performs 'Conversation Piece' by Gareth Owen
Allie Esiri reads 'The Tyger' by William Blake
Eloise Greenfield - 'Two Poets Talking'
Philip Gross - 'White Ones'
Sue Hardy-Dawson - 'Seamstress'
John Hegley - 'Zoe'
Kathy Henderson - 'Look at the Train'
A.F. Harold - 'February'
Jackie Kay - 'Way Down Below in the Streets of Paris'
Joanne Limburg - 'Easter Eggs'
John Lyons - 'Carnival Jumbie'
Aoife Mannix - 'Heights'