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Michael Rosen's Video Tips

Michael Rosen

Teachers sometimes ask me, ‘what's the best way to get children writing poems?’ One of the first things I suggest is to create a poetry-friendly classroom. It’s about making a classroom a place where poems are welcome. It’s about pleasure, stimulation, feeling, curiosity, wonder and fun and children finding their own voice.

- Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007-2009

Watch a selection of Michael Rosen's video tips, packed with inspiring ideas for making the classroom poetry-friendly



Tip #1 Asking questions about a poem


Tip #2 Read poems at the end of the day


Tip #3 Stage a poetry swap

Tip #4 Create a poetry show


Tip #5 Make poem posters


Tip #6 Use poems as a creative platform


Tip #7 Create a poetry notebook


Tip #8 Look for 'secret strings'

Tip #9 Turn a poem into a play

Tip #10 Put on a poetry cabaret


Tip #11 Make poetry booklets


Tip #12 Gather ideas

Tip #13 Share your poetry experiences