Poetry Display: Draw back the curtains

Poetry should be a curriculum priority in English classes, as it can help students become more versed in writing and literature. Many teachers shy away from poetry because they find it hard to teach or they don’t see a place in the curriculum for it. I have not regretted a single poetry lesson I have taught so far, and I would like to urge those teachers who are weary to just give it a go!
This poetry display, was the result of our poetry unit ‘Image poems’, taken from the Hamilton English Plans.
We focused on Miroslav Holub’s poem ‘The Door’, seen below.
We analysed it and used its structure as a base for the children’s own poems titled ‘Draw back the curtains’, inspired by Jeannie Baker’s children’s book titled ‘Window‘.
The Door

Go and open the door.
          Maybe outside there’s
          a tree, or a wood,
          a garden,
          or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
          Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
          Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye, 
or the picture
          of a picture.

Go and open the door.
          If there’s a fog
          it will clear.

Go and open the door.
          Even if there’s only 
          the darkness ticking,
          even if there’s only
          the hollow wind,
          even if
                  nothing
                           is there,
go and open the door.

At least
there’ll be 
a draught.  

by Miroslav Holub
Leave a comment below and tell me about your favourite poetry lesson.
Like and share! ❤
Till next time…
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  One thought on “Poetry Display: Draw back the curtains

  1. 11 November 2018 at 04:01

    Hello, I do not have a favourite poem. I love most poems I read. Larry

    On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 2:06 PM Saved you a Spot wrote:

    > Saved you a Spot posted: “Poetry should be a curriculum priority in > English classes, as it can help students become more versed in writing and > literature. Many teachers shy away from poetry because they find it hard to > teach or they don’t see a place in the curriculum for it. I ha” >

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  2. 12 November 2018 at 13:17

    This is a great lesson, Peppi. I didn’t know “The Door” before but what a great stimulus for children’s own writing. The samples you have included demonstrate that. I love that you teamed it with Jeannie Baker’s book “Window”. It’s one of my favourites. I like the cute way you presented the poems, requesting that the curtains be drawn back.
    I love writing poetry with children too, and have lots of poetry writing suggestions on my website.

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