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Inspiring Students

A teacher’s guide for developing poetry recitation and remembering. Written by the Poetry By Heart team.
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Poetry By Heart - Inspire Your Students To Take Part

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Poetry By Heart - Inspire Your Students With Audio and Video Recordings

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Poetry By Heart - Good Recitation

The four dimensions of poetry a good recitation attends to. Help students craft their performances
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NATE Article - Imagine This

Julie Blake reflects on the experience of Poetry By Heart, and suggests how memorising and reciting poems can transform the way we engage with, feel about and understand poetry.
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NATE Article - Off The Page

Julie Blake and Alison Powell introduce the Poetry By Heart competition, and argue that, contrary to its reputation, poetry recitation is a powerful route into getting students to enjoy poetry.
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Poetry's Four Dimensions

Once the poem has been committed to memory, it’s time to think about how best to perform it.
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Initial Inspiration

Many students will think they have never seen or heard a poem being recited. They need to be inspired by seeing someone else do it! Here are some ideas to get started.
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Explore The Timeline

These quick start activities are mostly about exploring some of the poems in the Poetry By Heart timeline anthology. The activities offer a variety of starting points that could be used in class, in a poetry club or reading group, or independently.
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Exploring First Lines

We’re thinking about how to get a reading or recitation of the poem off on the right foot, by encouraging students to pay careful attention to its opening line.
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Learn Some Lines

Many students will think they could never learn a poem. Here we offer a shared learn-it-together activity to help establish the idea that learning a poem starts with learning a single line – and it can be fun!
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Memorising Poems

There is no definitive way to learn a poem by heart. In this section, Poetry By Heart Regional Development Coordinator, Alison Powell, outlines some tips and activities to help students find their own best ways of memorizing a poem.
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Pairing Poems

Pairing poems to explore their meanings and effects through comparison and contrast. Mike Dixon, member of the Poetry By Heart senior development team, offers his selection of poems for comparing.
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The Unseen Poem

North West regional development coordinator, Karen Lockney, worked with Susie Cooke at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith to trial an “unseen” lesson based on the Random Poem function on the Poetry By Heart website.
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