Poetry resources

Poetry resources

National Poetry Day - 6 October 2022

National Poetry Day is a nationwide celebration of poetry usually held on the first Thursday in October. This year's National Poetry Day takes place on Thursday 6 October 2022, with the theme 'Environment'. In Scotland the Scottish Poetry Library usually celebrates the occasion by producing a series of resources for schools to request or download and enjoy. 

Last year the subject was 'Choice' - you can see our poem created for the theme below. Schools entering our multilingual Mother Tongue Other Tongue (MTOT) poetry competition may wish to utilise the NPD resources for inspiration. Even if your school chooses not to take part in MTOT, you can still inspire your students to celebrate National Poetry Day and get creative. We've sourced some resources and links to websites below to help you get started.

Here's our poem in French created in celebration of the National Poetry Day 2021 theme of Choice.

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BBC Alba - Foghlam - Larach nam Bard

BBC Gaelic poetry website

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Bàrdachd

Gaelic poetry books

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Gaelic | Scottish Poetry Library

Gaelic poetry from the Scottish Poetry Library

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Listen and Sing

Audio and downloadable lyrics to Gaelic songs for primary learners

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Ceumannan - Cùrsa Gàidhlig luchd-ionnsachaidh san àrd-sgoil bho Stòrlann

Old and new Gaelic songs with downloadable lyrics for secondary learners

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The following list of websites may be of interest.

The following resources can either be downloaded or linked to, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest.

Primary

These resources can be used with primary age children to explore phonics and rhyme in French.

  • Fiche intrus syllabe d'attaque et de rime - these printable worksheets can be used with primary age children to explore phonics and rhyme in French.
  • Phonics - downloadable worksheets in French with hand gestures and rhymes to practice each sound.

General

  • Biopoème (Jenny Kay Dupuis) - example of a biographical poem in French.
  • French Scots words (pdf) - produced by SCILT.
  • National Poetry Day 2013 - this slideshow, produced by SCILT, features a selection of poetry texts with accompanying translations. As the theme for NPD 2013 was water, the resource includes links to some authentic resources about water and environment. Suitable for learners in upper Primary and BGE stages.
  • Les metaphores - there are also Spanish and English (generic) versions of this lesson plan in the relevant sections.

The following Gaelic poetry resources can be downloaded, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest.

  • Beum-Sgèithe (World Gaelic Week, 21-27 March 2022) To mark World Gaelic Week, Books from Scotland is excited to share three poems from Eòghan Stiùbhart’s debut poetry collection Beum-Sgèithe, whose work is at once traditional and modern and combines images of the natural world with subjects such as politics, culture, love and death. Poems in Gaelic with English translations.
  • Tha sìol beag san talamh (4 October 2018, Scottish Poetry Library) To celebrate National Poetry Day 2018 on the theme of Change. Written and spoken version of the poem available.
  • Òran nan Clachan : Song of the Stones (28 August 2018, Historic Environment Scotland) Video published on YouTube to help launch the HES Gaelic Language Plan 2018 – 2023. Poem is written in Gaelic and Scots.

The following German poetry resources can either be downloaded or linked to, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest.

Primary - early Secondary

  • Goldene Welt - this autumn themed poetry resource was adapted from the Goethe Institut’s “Four Seasons“ project.

General

  • Ein Wintergedicht - a German winter poem and resource adapted from rosered27's contribution to TES connect (July 2014).

The following Italian poetry resources can either be downloaded or linked to, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest.

The following Scots poetry resources can either be be downloaded or linked to, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest. 

  • Dinnae Mak Me Laugh (Scots in Schools) - collection of funny, silly, pure dead glaikit Scots poems for children.
  • Classic and new Scots poems (Scotshoose) - selection of poems in Scots for performance and enjoyment.
  • The Kist (Scots Language Centre) - a collection of Scots texts, including poetry, prose and drama, which are carefully chosen to engage children with language.
  • Dr Wha (4 October 2018, Scottish Poetry Library) In honour of National Poetry Day 2018 on the subject of change, a poem in Scots about Dr Who, someone who frequently changes! As well as the written poem you can also access a spoken version.
  • Òran nan Clachan : Song of the Stones (28 August 2018, Historic Environment Scotland) Video published on YouTube to help launch the HES Gaelic Language Plan 2018 – 2023. Poem is written in Scots and Gaelic.
  • Scotland, My Jo (12 September 2017) - Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, tells us what being Scotland's Makar means to her followed by a reading of her new poem, an ode to the country of her birth.
  • Kidspoem / Bairnsangs - poem by Liz Lochhead written in Scots and English. See a video clip of Liz Lochhead performing her poem.
  • Nae Fizz Izzy - in this clip from BBC World Service (7 September 2015) new Scots Scriever, Hamish MacDonald, reads his own poem in Scots.

A selection of Scots resources produced by K Lucas and C Stein.

The following Spanish poetry resources can either be downloaded or linked to, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest.

Primary

This resource developed by SCILT combines a number of creative writing techniques to encourage a sensory approach to writing poetry. It takes as its inspiration the accessible bilingual poem “Colours Crackle, Colours Roar” by Pat Mora.

Explore the environment with colours in this primary school poem by Gloria Fuertes:

Watch this nursery rhyme by the famous Spanish poet Antonio Machado sung in Spanish:

  • La Plaza Tiene Una Torre por Antonio Machado.  This simple, repetitive poem can be sung or read. The repetition of “tiene” makes it an engaging way to introduce the verb “tener”.

This simple authentic Spanish rhyme can be used to explore language learning skills:

Secondary

This poem by Mario Benedetti employs both the preterite and imperfect tenses and is an accessible poem for most senior pupils.

The following lesson plan has been developed by SCILT and explores the subject of metaphors:

  • Las metaforas you can also find French and English (generic) versions of this resource in the appropriate sections.

The following Urdu poetry resources can be downloaded, or see the list of websites below which may also be of interest.

  • Urdu Spotlight booklet - produced by the Stephen Spender Trust featuring the selection of Urdu poems entrants to the 2021 competition were invited to translate.

Follow the links below to poems, rhymes and songs from around the world.

The following are general poetry resources produced by SCILT and are suitable for use across all languages.

Below are also links we have sourced to information and lesson ideas around Haiku poems and patterns in other poetry forms:

Creative Multilingualism explores the creative potential of language through the Prismatic Translation project. Through poetry workshops the project recognises everyone speaks differently, and writes differently again; and all the many words in their shifting forms take on different meanings in different situations. Translation is not a matter of trying to achieve correct alignments between standardised languages, but rather a creative re-making of one particular instance of language into another particular instance, using different linguistic resources.

National Poetry Day

Find inspiration from other sites celebrating National Poetry Day:

Scottish Poetry Library

National Poetry Day website

TES

Primary Languages Learning Blog NPD feature (includes links to some French and Spanish poems)

Resources suitable for secondary.

Websites

Chinese, pinyin and English texts of poems by some of the greatest Chinese poets.

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Modern Chinese poetry examples and activities for children

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Chinese poetry from the Scottish Poetry Library

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The Scottish Poetry Library has added sign language poetry to their library collection. Taking the form of films in BSL with captions and written transcriptions.

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