5 DREAMY RESOURCES FROM TEACHIT
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth – Friedrich von Schiller
‘Dreams’ is the theme for this National Poetry Day. Whether you want to take a whimsical, castles-in-the-air approach or dive right into an ambitions and aspirations lesson, we hope you’ll find something of interest amongst our latest top five.
1. The Magic Box (from Poetry Shuffle)
For an inspirational, ‘sky’s the limit’ Key Stage 3 poetry lesson, here's a free gift from our new KS3 interactive pack, Poetry Shuffle. Using Kit Wright's poem 'The Magic Box' as a stimulus, students dream up their own wild, wacky and wonderful ‘magic box’ selections.
Lesson 10: 'The Magic Box', Kit Wright
2. Achieve your dream
This is a persuasive writing task, although it would also work well as a speaking and listening activity. Students ask an an imaginary committee to make their dream come true.
KS3 > Skills > Writing to argue, persuade, advise
3. Syntex sequencing activity - a a absorbed (difficulty rating 3)
Rearrange this dream-related phrase, exploring word order and where to put the dash. (Answer: Dragonfly on a rock – absorbed in a daydream). Brilliant as a quick-fire starter - students can then go on to write their own poems.
KS3 > Poetry > Poetry activities for Syntex
4. Original writing – People you meet in heaven
Strictly speaking, this resource is more hazy afterlife than sweet dreams, but allow for some much needed poetic licence and you’ll find that the task yanks students out of that Thursday afternoon slump by jump-starting their imaginations with an interesting and unusual premise for original writing.
KS4 > Skills > Creative writing 2 (KS4)
5. Crunched version of ‘I have a dream' (Martin Luther King)
It’s the ultimate in dream texts … with a twist. Martin Luther King’s legendary speech has been ‘collapsed’ using Cruncher. Why not get your class to create their own poems from the word bank prior to focusing on the speech? (Interesting insights into imagery guaranteed.)
KS4 > Skills > Writing to argue, persuade, advise
Wishing you happy woolgathering and dreams aplenty!