Many students’ progress in writing has been impacted by the disruptions of the past three years. To support students to accelerate progress in writing, we need to explicitly teach skills for writing and plan opportunities for them to complete quality pieces of writing that are reviewed and celebrated. Poetry is a useful genre to use as writing tasks are short, creative, and rich in vocabulary and literary devices. The skills learned in poetry writing can easily be transferred to other writing forms.

The workshop will reference ideas in Sheena and Louise’s new publication, The Poetry Book.



Session 1: Guiding principles and practices

  • The benefits of teaching poetry
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • An introduction to the knowledge and skills toolkits for teaching poetry

Session 2: Using shared reading to support writing

  • An introduction to an integrated literacy approach
  • Using shared reading to make explicit reading/writing links to support poetry writing

Session 3: Explicitly teaching skills for writing

  • An introduction to mini-lessons
  • Reviewing a range of mini-lessons to support students to develop skills for writing

Session 4: Short achievable poetry writing tasks (Quick Writes)

  • An introduction to the poetry Quick Writes
  • Reviewing a range of Quick Writes that scaffold success in writing

Session 5: Sharing and celebrating writing

  • The importance of sharing poetry
  • Different groupings for sharing poetry
  • Using prompts to support feedback
  • Ideas for developing a love of poetry

Venue Details

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Plymouth Hotel International

A 10-minute walk from the shores of the North Taranaki Bight, this informal hotel on leafy grounds along State Highway 3 is 15 minutes on foot from the sprawling Pukekura Park.

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Plymouth International Courtenay Street
New Plymouth Central
New Plymouth
New Zealand

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Location: New Plymouth 9am-1pm NZ Time

Date: Sat, 4th March 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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