Global Learning in Poetry

The global dimension in my classroom activity kit

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14PDF

The sixth in a series of termly activity kits for members of Think Global’s Schools Network. Available to members each term, each issue of The global dimension in my classroom includes a range of activities, ideas, case studies and more to help you explore global connections. This edition is focused on poetry at Key Stages 2 and 3 (ages 7-14).

Poetry is a powerful medium for communicating experiences and feelings and has great potential to support global learning activities in the classroom. In this activity kit, the poets are from a range of multi-cultural backgrounds and express their experiences of immigration, racism and cultural displacement. As students begin to explore these poems, they can empathise with the characters and explore the challenges, and rewards, facing people with mixed cultural heritages.

There are clear messages to be taken from each poem. Students can explore the vocabulary and the meaning of words in the poems, and reflect on the poets’ experiences. Depending on the Key Stage and ability of your students the structure and poetic features of the poems can be explored and analysed, linking to the themes and messages in the poem.

  • The ‘Getting started’ section provides an introductory activity for students to begin exploring a poem with a global theme.
  • The ‘Getting critical’ section explores the themes of some poems andoffers questions to use when analysing and exploring the content.
  • There are also suggestions for further poems exploring these issues, and further reading and resources.

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