This Is Me |
Poetry Competition

7-11 Years

This Is Me Video

Help your pupils explore their emotions & celebrate individuality...

With This Is Me, give every pupil the chance to shine!

Young Writers invites your pupils to write a poem for This Is Me and celebrate themselves in verse.

Your pupils can explore who they are and it’s a great way to discuss emotions in a safe space. From writing about someone who inspires them to their dreams for the future or even an acrostic using their name or a word that describes them, there is so much to get your pupils enjoying poetry writing.

It’s National Poetry Day on 7th October 2021 and the theme is “Choices” – This Is Me complements this fantastic annual event as your pupils can choose to empower themselves, and others, through their words.

There's a ton of free resources for you to download, including a handy parent info guide to explain how to take part, an engaging video, a fantastic lesson plan, an idea generator as well as example poems and video poem inspiration to help support your pupils to write their 'This Is Me' poems in any style.

If you haven't tried the Online Writing Portal yet (where your pupils type their work during a lesson or as homework) check it out today at www.youngwriters.co.uk/teachers/



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Rules

To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Ask your pupils to write/type their poem, ensuring their name, age and school name are included.

  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).

  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!

  • Poems can be written in any poetic style & use any poetic techniques.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and £100 National Book Token for your class

PLUS

The Positive Teacher Company prize bundle that includes a subject leader journal, 3 x planners and 2 x academic diaries for you!

2 x Runners-Up

Each wins a framed certificate and a selection of books

PLUS

Every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in!

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the 2021/2022 academic year.)

For Pupils

Our 10 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!

PLUS

Every entrant receives a bookmark and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2021. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ)

Online

Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

Enter through our pupil writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS2
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

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Tip #1

Can your pupils use colours to describe different parts of their personality?

 

For example:

My loving heart is deep red like a beautiful rose,

My anger at bedtime is fiery orange.

 

What are their favourite colours? What emotions do they feel? What are they good at? What are their dislikes? These all make great foundations for a colour poem!

 

Encourage your pupils to use similes and adjectives to boost their imagery.

Tip #2

Print off a template of a body outline for each pupil, get them to draw one, or you can simply do this as a list.

Get your pupils to label each body part with something unique about themselves e.g.
• Legs that run every race
• Eyes that cry when I get frustrated
• Fingers that tickle my brother

Remind them that it can be their insides too!
• My brain that tries hard at maths
• My heart that loves my family

Once they have this list, encourage them to improve each line by adding adjectives or imagery.
Then they can decide what order to put them in, and they’ve written a ‘This Is Me’ poem.

Get In Touch

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FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS2
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Email
[email protected]

Tel
(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 22nd October 2021