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Teachit Talk

9th October 2014


'Where there is no imagination there is no horror' - Arthur Conan Doyle

Encourage eeriness with our pick of spooky Halloween resources. Choose from Halloween poems, spooky word webs or Halloween Mad Libs ...

Lindy Leslie

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    Photo credit: ERNIE JANES / E A Janes /NHPA / Photoshot / Universal Images Group

Halloween poems

A fun resource which supports students with writing Halloween-themed poetry.

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Spooky word webs

A creepy version of Hangman, suitable for a Halloween lesson or for Harry Potter fans, but not recommended for arachnophobes!

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Spooky tours

A speaking and listening task in which students script and act out a suitably spinechilling tour around Eel Marsh House.

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Halloween Mad Libs

A word game to be played in teams or pairs, with a seasonal, spooky focus!

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Hitting the headlines

Schools 'must do more' to help disadvantaged pupils (BBC)

Homework 'damages' primary age pupils (Telegraph)

'Local schools' drive inequality (BBC)

Book news and competitions

Judges praise diverse shortlist for the Guardian children's fiction prize 2014.

Kirsty Wark and Sally Magnusson are among the authors shortlisted for the Saltire literary prize



What's on



A Taste of My Life

Nigel Slater delves into the culinary past of writer Alan Bennett.

Tue 14th Oct | 1.00pm - 1.30pm | BBC2


The Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman

The poet Kate Tempest talks about her album, Everybody Down.

Fri 10th October | 9.30pm - 12am | BBC Radio 2


The Crucible

A new adaptation of this powerful play.

29 September - 25th October | Quarry Theatre

» Visit the site for full theatre listings

Sometimes just taking part has an overwhelming benefit

£5,500 for winners of the FREE competition for all UK 16-18 year olds. Judges Ian McMillan, Helen Mort (Tower Poetry winner 2004) and Peter McDonald challenge entrants to write a poem on ‘Cells’. Entry forms, 88 previous winning poems, over 130 longlisted poems on the website with 27 videos on our YouTube channel; podcasts on iTunesU - check them out!

Twitter (@TowerPoetry)

The T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry Shadowing Scheme 2014

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This year judged by emag editors and Chair of Judges for the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, Helen Dunmore.

emagazine and the Poetry Book Society are once again inviting A Level students to shadow the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, by discussing poems from each of the shortlisted collections, then writing 500 words in support of their chosen poet.
The competition opens on 6th November. Full details and teaching notes are now available on the emagazine website

Introducing our new, time-saving teaching packs

Teaching packs

Now available to buy and download


Latest resources

Latest resources

An unseen poem: 'The Crow' by John Clare
Clare, John | Unseen poetry

Exploring 'Storm on the Island'
GCSE 2015 Anthology poetry | Heaney, Seamus

Haiku puzzles
An introduction to poetry

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