For the Love of Language - Teach Poetry K-6


In many classrooms teachers are unsure about how to effectively teach poetry. This workshop explores reading and writing poems K-6 using the NSW English syllabus outcomes. It explores writing, reading and comprehending poetry. A rich variety of poems to share with students and strategies for developing student writing of poetry will be explored. Participants will examine many resources that can be used to explore poetry in their classrooms. Imaginative, informative and persuasive poetry will be shared.


Completing the 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.

Evaluation Comments:

  • Packed with information/good lesson ideas etc.
  • Links to syllabus, defining terms, examples, programming.
  • Great practical ideas to use in the classroom…It was a really interesting and informative course.
  • The genuine enthusiasm and professionalism of both presenters made this such an engaging course. The meta-language of poetry and the practical activities (were most valuable). Highly recommend this course.

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 workshop is to build teacher confidence teaching poetry


This workshop 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.