The starting point for poetry in primary schools must be poems. That’s to say, not a worksheet, not a writing exercise but a pile of poems, a set of poems, a cornucopia of poems.
The first job is for the children to see that poems can become theirs, that poets wrote poems for the likes of them, that poems belong to them.
How can we best do that?
Poems have to become part of the classroom, part of school life and poems are things that children can browse and find for themselves; poems are things that are on walls, in books that are accessible at all times; poems can be heard, shouted,…
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