Teaching 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 a Teaching 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 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.