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Recommended for:

Year 5/6/7 and/or 8; small groups of about 8–10.


Publication of a poetry anthology.


This project allows pupils to study three key poems and examine the theme in each poem, relating it back to themselves; and then write their own poem in sonnet form. The three poems are about identity, community, local landscapes, conflict and cultural heritage.

Texts required:

A Martian Sends a Postcard Home by Craig Raine.

Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan — an extended metaphor poem by Moniza Alvi.

Text included: Golden Winter Sunrise — a sonnet by Fiona Clark.


13 workshops; 1 hour each.