For the Love of Language - Teach Poetry K-6!


Is poetry the forgotten text in your classroom? Students are exposed to poetic language in advertising, persuasive texts and quality texts everyday. Reading and writing poems can improve writing as students unpack figurative language, descriptive vocabulary and meet the demands of writing for a specific purpose. This course explores reading and writing poems using NSW English K-6 Syllabus outcomes. Participants will look at writing, reading and comprehending poetry and will examine many resources that can be used to explore poetry in their classrooms. Imaginative, informative and persuasive poetry will be explored.


Completing a For the Love of Language - Teach Poetry K-6! course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6 who wish to develop a deep understanding of poetry and the NSW syllabus for the Australian Curriculum.

The aim of the course is to build teacher confidence teaching poetry.


This course will explore the framework of the English syllabus K-6 leading to appropriate pedagogy for teaching poetry. Delivery is by workshop and small group discussion. Participants will look at authentic texts and discuss why poetry should be included in their teaching program. Responding to and composing poetry will be explored. Comprehension, creative language features, vocabulary development and grammar will be addressed. Participants will be actively engaged in reading and writing poetry during the day.

Relevant Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) Article

How Goes the New K-6 English Syllabus?

JPL Podcast

Teaching Poetry K-6