World War One poetry
Classroom resources and lesson ideas
The poetry of the First World War includes some of the most affecting and powerful poems KS3-5 students will ever read.
If you are introducing famous war poems to KS3 students or exploring them in greater depth with KS4 students to develop their unseen or comparative poetry skills, you'll find a range of pre-reading activities, poetry analysis tasks, context and comprehension resources, as well as lesson ideas for how to teach the poetry of WW1. A-level English Literature teachers who are teaching WW1 and its aftermath will also find engaging resources.
Explore the great war poets' use of language, form and structure and their letters written home, or try some creative writing and poetry writing tasks to help students to respond in a more personal way to the themes and ideas in their poetry.
Consider how their poetry alters our perspective of war with thoughtful questions and discussion tasks, and look at women's poetry from World War One, and contextual factors like propaganda posters.
And if you are looking for a complete scheme of learning, detailed lesson plans and classroom resources, you'll find our KS3 World War I poetry teaching pack is invaluable.