Explore our wonderful collection of unseen poetry resources, which will take GCSE English Literature and IGCSE students step by step through the process of discovering an unseen poem, from pre-reading and first reading activities to close textual analysis.
Help students to understand a poet’s use of language, and explore different poetic forms and techniques, as well as the structure of the poem (including caesura, enjambment and juxtaposition).
Consider the effect of different rhyme schemes and types of meter, including iambic pentameter or blank verse, and teach them to analyse the effect of rhyming couplets or poetic devices like onomatopoeia, assonance and sibilance.
With a range of printable lesson resources, worksheets and writing frames to build learners’ confidence with unseen poems, you’ll also find thoughtful lesson activities to help students to reflect on the ways a poet uses personification, metaphors and similes to present the speaker’s feelings.
If you are looking for unseen poetry questions, approaches to poetry comparison or practice exam questions for mocks and timed assessments, try our Unseen poetry teaching pack, written by Teachit’s very own poet in residence, Trevor Millum. This 150-page booklet includes exam questions for all the GCSE exam boards, including AQA, Edexcel, OCR and Eduqas, and provides a complete scheme of learning for teaching unseen poems.