A Poetry Masterclass / Workshop is an exciting and inspiring way to engage children with the wonderful language of poetry and all of its many benefits.
Poetry connects us, and transports us.
when I read poems, I am sharing the experience of the poem. Whatever that might be. From the zipping kingfisher to a wickedly mischievous hedgehog named Hector. Poems like ‘Man in Town’ that stir compassion and empathy To ‘The Paint Job’ that allows us to stretch our imagination, tell a story however we choose.
for example - Below is one of many ideas to inspire poetry through a writing prompt.
At the Magic Hour
I have a super power.......
These two lines are written on the board and they become the beginning of the poem,
after this the class will consider Super Powers ( which is always great fun)
Invisibility, walk through walls, fly, teleport, super strength, laser eyes, stretchy, fire body, mind reader.
But what do we do with our Super power if we only have it for one hour ' The Magic hour'?
The fact that there is a time limit on the super power encourages a variety of super power questions:
Does the Super Power drain my Energy?
Do I need to keep it a secret?
where does the temporary power come from?
Must I use it for good?
Whilst the Children are writing
I’ll take a walk around the class providing encouragement and asking questions to spark ideas .
I will encourage the children to use figurative language and give examples of how this can enrich their writing.
Simile, Metaphor, Idiom, Personification,Onomatopoeia,Hyperbole
This is always super fun and Some Marvellous Super Power Poems are created as a result.
With prior notice Alex can tailor the workshops to meet the requirements of the teacher, relating to Term Topics, Nature, Environment, Inclusion, Space, Identity and so on...
At the end of each session the children are welcome to perform their poems to the class, This is great for confidence, self expression and language skills.
furthermore, the children are advised to edit their poems when the class has chance and complete a second and third draft where necessary - in turn, they learn to understand the editing process and that almost everything they read has been carefully altered and enhanced to completion. They can then add illustrations to bring the writing to life if they like.
Full Day Author Visit £400.00
Includes a Full school Assembly with Q&A and book signing where requested.
3 x 1 hour poetry workshops with classes of choice but usually Years 4, 5 and six or a mixture of such classes.
Half A Day Author Visit £250.00
Full school Assembly - Q&A - book singing - 1 x 90 min workshop
09:00 – 17:00