Be CREATIVE – Resource Round-up II

Here is the second instalment of my Resource Round-up, this time of things to use in the classroom with a more creative focus.

I think ‘doing’ poetry for learners of English as a second language can be quite a liberating experience.  It’s the chance to throw the rule book out of the window and take an anything goes attitude, allowing students to take more risks with their vocabulary choices.  So the following lesson ideas are with this in mind.


Book Spine Poetry (an idea courtesy of would work as a fun, low-stakes introduction to poetry.   Take the kids to the library and see what they come up with…

Metamorphoses Where the wild things are dirty beasts survival of the fittest

Where the wild things are
dirty beasts
survival of the fittest

Insist that it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t quite make sense, that’s the beauty of it!! To develop the activity, suggest that the poem is a synopsis for a book or a film and get the students to pitch it to publishers/producers (the class).  Which poem turned into the most interesting sounding book/movie?

I’ve come across Blackout Poetry a few times.  Not only is it outlined in the previous link but and also give loads of very cool examples.  It is when you give the students a newspaper, magazine text or old book and they attack it with a marker pen.  There’s even a method of doing in on an iPad!!

Introduce students to Haikus using examples to elicit the syllable count per line (5,7,5) and the stylistic features.  Use nature photos on a powerpoint slide or hung around the classroom to inspire students to write their own e.g National Geographic wallpaper images or better still get them to take their own photos.


Ok let’s now presume that we have our poem…here are some cool ways to display them.

Festisite allows you to put your text into different shapes like a heart, waves or a spiral – great for young learners or teens…


But what really excites me the most about this site is this….


Not sure how this is relevant to displaying poetry but as well as putting your face on money you can change the text in logos.  Go on…



If your learners have got access to iPads, they could use the Sketch Book Pro app that allows you to add text to your own art work.  You could make a class anthology and send them home with their school reports.

iPhoto Library1

Box of Tricks’ post on Word Foto shows how this app can be used to reinforce vocabulary.  But you could also use it to combine photo-inspired poetry like the aforementioned Haikus.

But why settle for displaying work on the classroom wall – how dull!

Go through’s 10 guerrilla poetry projects and get students to select an alternative way of sharing their poetry!!


3 responses to “Be CREATIVE – Resource Round-up II

  1. I have been embarking on poetry this term – acrostic name poems and firework shape poems. They somehow seem much more fun than straight story writing! Haiku was on my to-do list and your post just reminded me!

  2. That’s a great idea! I tried Haiku poetry in a masters’ subject and it was pretty interesting. We all created a compilations of poems, acrostic name poems, it was fun! Why not creating a webquest too to attract the students attention? For example, choosing a poem, design some nice tasks for them and facilitate them the links so they know where to start! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the comments and ideas Ladies

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