Home Learning Project – Poetry Research Project What is this home learning project about?

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Home Learning Project – Poetry Research Project

What is this home learning project about? Over the next few weeks you’ll be preparing for your next unit, which will be on poetry.

How long will I have to do it? After this week, you will have 3 additional weeks to complete the project. A suggested outline can be seen below. You will be handing in your pre-teaching activities to your teacher the week beginning 17th November. This will be when your Poetry Unit starts.

What is expected of me? It’s expected that you will work hard on this project. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate to your teacher your research skills and what you know about poetry.

What will I learn from this and what skills will I develop? You will develop your Independent TRIC skill through the research that you do.

How will it be marked? Your ability to research will be marked for this. Note: research is not the same as copying! We do not expect you to copy information from a book or from the Internet; this is called plagiarism and is not acceptable. Instead you must use sources of information to write up your findings in your own words.

How should I approach the project? This is a suggestion of how you could do the project. Tick off each section when you’ve done it. You will also need the Poetry Task Sheet below to help you. If anything is unclear, see your teacher.

Week 1 (this week)

Week beginning 13th October

Complete Task 1 of the project, as seen on the Poetry Task Sheet. The first task is on defining poetry. 

Week 2

Week beginning 20th October

Complete Task 2 of the project, as seen on the Poetry Task Sheet. The second task is on poetic forms. 

Week 3

Week beginning 3rd November

Complete Task 3 of the project, as seen on the Poetry Task Sheet. The third task is on the Poet Laureate. 

Week 4

Week beginning 10th November

Complete Task 4 of the project, as seen on the Poetry Task Sheet. The fourth task is on poetic devices. 

Be ready to hand in your research project during the week beginning 17th November.

Poetry Task Sheet

You will need to write up your responses to these four tasks. You can write them on a Word document or hand-write your responses. Remember: it is not enough to copy out information. You must put your research into your own words. You should spend between 30 and 45 minutes on each task.

Task 1 – Defining Poetry

1a) Either from web pages or from books, write down 3 different definitions of poetry (this is the only section that can be directly copied out from the Internet or from a book).

1b) Which definition (from above) do you agree with the most? Why do you agree most with this definition? Explain your views.

1c) Use your research from 1a to come up with your OWN definition of what poetry is. If it helps, think about what it isn’t!

1d) Based on your own understanding of poetry, what things do you expect to find in a poem? This might include poetic techniques, themes, language, structure, etc.

Task 2 – Poetic Forms

A poetic form refers to the type of poem and often relates to physical structure of a poem. This might be to do with the rhyme scheme, the order of lines, the number of verses or the poem’s themes. Here are some examples of poetic forms:

  • Acrostic poem

  • Ballad

  • Dramatic monologue

  • Epic poem

  • Haiku

  • Sonnet

  • Limerick

  • Ode

Pick one of the poetic forms in bold above. Do some research into this form. In your own words, write down the following:

  • The features of the poetic form and/or a definition of the poetic form

  • Three famous poems written in this poetic form

  • Three famous poets who have written in this poetic form

Task 3 – British Poet Laureate

3a) Complete some research into the Poet Laureate. In your own words, write down what the British Poet Laureate is and what their job is.

3b) What’s the name of the current Poet Laureate? How long has this person held the post? Name a couple of poems that this Poet Laureate has written.

3c) There is also a Birmingham Poet Laureate and a Birmingham Young Poet Laureate. Who is the city’s current Young Poet Laureate?

Task 4 – Poetic Devices

Either cut out or recreate the following table and fill it in correctly:

Poetic Device










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