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Michael Rosen poems – Performance poetry KS2 lesson plan

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Years 3-6


What’s the worst thing you’ve ever tasted? Use exaggeration to write funny poems.

Children benefit enormously from being able to write from their experience in a poetry classroom – putting things that matter to them down on paper, in curious and well-considered ways. But they often ask whether their poem needs to be true.

In this short lesson, children will explore what truth can look like in their creative writing. There are lots of shades of ambiguity between complete truths and complete lies, and poetry can allow children to play with that interesting space between the poles.

What they’ll learn

  • Explore how writers can embed their truths and experiences in their writing
  • Play with concepts of true, false and exaggeration
  • Anecdotal storytelling techniques
  • Poetry performance ideas, especially when performing to camera
  • Watch and respond to the poetry of Michael Rosen

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Jonny Walker is a teacher-writer, currently teaching poetry in primary schools across east London. He is the author of Michael Rosen’s Poetry Videos: How To Get Kids Writing And Performing Poems Too, written with Michael Rosen. Follow Jonny on Twitter at @jonnywalker_edu. Visit his website at

Michael Rosen poems – Performance poetry KS2 lesson plan

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