Every kind of poem teachers could wish for - all in one bumper book! The Works is 10 years old and this special anniversary edition features brand-new lesson plans from poets including John Foster, Brian Moses, Valerie Bloom, and Pie Corbett. The Works contains every kind of poem you will ever need for the Literacy Hour but it is also a book packed with brilliant poems thaEvery kind of poem teachers could wish for - all in one bumper book! The Works is 10 years old and this special anniversary edition features brand-new lesson plans from poets including John Foster, Brian Moses, Valerie Bloom, and Pie Corbett. The Works contains every kind of poem you will ever need for the Literacy Hour but it is also a book packed with brilliant poems that will delight any reader. It's got chants, action verses, riddles, tongue twisters, shape poems, puns, acrostics, haikus, cinquains, kennings, couplets, thin poems, lists, conversations, monologues, epitaphs, songs, limericks, tankas, nonsense poems, raps, narrative verse, and performance poetry - that's just for starters. It features poems from the very best classic and modern poets, for example: William Blake, Michael Rosen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Allan Ahlberg, W.H. Auden, Brian Patten, Roger McGough, Roald Dahl, Charles Causley, Eleanor Farjeon, Benjamin Zephaniah, Ted Hughes, T.S. Eliot, and William Shakespeare to name but a few....
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The Works Reviews
The Works: Every kind of poem you will ever need for the Literacy Hour, chosen by Paul Cookson is exactly what it says it is. This book is fabulous for both Key Stages and there are even some gems for the Early Years. The poems follow a thematic theme starting with Nursery and Traditional Rhymes running right through to Chants, Humorous Verses, Tongue Twisters, Riddles, Prayers, Raps and Songs among others. Not only are the poems arranged thematically but also in the back of the book their first lines are printed along with their page numbers for those that remember a poem but cannot quite think of the writer! It also has an index of poets, very helpful to the teacher. It is a great book to pull out once a day to get children familiar with the language of poetry and to understand that it is a form that can differ significantly from the fiction they may be use to. What I liked about the book is that it is not necessary to read it cover to cover to the children but rather to dip into on occasions when appropriate. After a Geography lesson in Key Stage 1 on the seasons you could read the poem ‘It’s Spring’ by John Foster. “It’s springAnd the garden is changing its clothes,Putting awayIts dark winter suits,Its dull scarvesAnd drab brown overcoats…..”This poem could also lead to cross curricular activities in Science, Art and English. One of my favourite themed poems in the book would be the Shape Poems. These are very fun poems for children to work with and I would never consider reading them to the class as they have to be seen by the children so they can experience the excitement of the poem shaped to the theme of the poem. ‘In the Bath’ by Andrew Collett is lovely example. To conclude, poetry is sometimes neglected in that it is a form that sometimes gets left behind but poems illustrate a creative process that children can get involved with.
I would like to recommend this book that I came across during my school experience B. It does contain literally ‘every kind of poem you will ever need at school’ and I used it myself for the topic of Kennings poems. For all types of poetry it includes a short introduction or definition of the given types of poems, which is very useful as you don’t have to waste time looking for it elsewhere! Although, sometimes the definitions are not necessarily child friendly, it still saves you time as all you need to do is to change some of the wording. For the topic of Kennings poems for example, it contains Kennings on animals which you can use as an introduction to the topic of Kennings-children can guess or act out the animal described and the rest of the class can guess the title of the poem. Also, as a follow up, children can write their own animal Kennings. Furthermore, the book contains a Kenning about a teacher and this can be used to make the learning more personal. After introducing the Teacher Kennings, children can choose a teacher from the school and write a more specific Kenning, using descriptive phrases that would be characteristic of that person. The rest of the class, including the class main teacher can have a lot of fun guessing who the Kenning is about! It’s a valuable book to purchase for your teaching placements as well as your future teaching career in KS1 or KS2.
This collection of poems in the first of many chosen by Paul Cookson. There are 39 sections of different styles of poems, some of which include: Haikus, Acrostic Poems, Riddles and Couplets. As it says on the cover of the book, there quite literally is every kind of poem you will ever need. Particular poems I liked were under the Haikus section written by Roger Stevens and John Cooper Clarke. They read: If a poem hasJust sixteen syllablesIs it a lowku?andTo convey one's moodin seventeen syllables is very difficThis book would be a great resource for teachers and pupils in literacy lessons to advance one's knowledge on the range of styles of poetry writing. Age range: 5 - 11