Inspire your students to be confident poets and write about something they feel passionately about.
The last 18 months have been hard, particularly for students with school closures, isolation and general disruption to their education.
Young Writers invites your students to write a poem for Empowered, and take back some control over their lives. Empowered helps your students find and use their voices to express themselves through poetry.
Being able to voice a concern, an opinion or a point of view is so important, especially when your students’ interaction with peers has been restricted or even removed over the last academic year, reducing their opportunities to discuss what matters to them.
It’s National Poetry Day on 7th October 2021 and the theme is “Choices” – Empowered complements this fantastic annual event as your students can choose to empower themselves, and others, through their words.
There's a ton of free resources for you to download, including a handy student info guide to explain how to take part, an engaging video, 2 lesson activities as well as example poems and poetry prompt ideas to help support your young writer to write an empowering poem in any style.
If you haven't tried the Online Writing Portal yet (where your students type their work during a lesson or as homework) check it out today at www.youngwriters.co.uk/teachers/
Ask your students to close their eyes. Tell them to imagine a bright, warm light shining on their faces.
It fills them up with power and warmth, ability and hope. Feel it soaking into their skin, down to their bones until they are filled with this warmth, this power.
Ask them to think about how it makes them feel, what thoughts are they having? Do they feel stronger, braver, happier? Is there something they feel they could tackle now that they couldn’t before? Does it empower them?
After a few minutes of visualisation, get them to write down their thoughts and feelings, and they can use these to inspire their poem.
Get your students to go online and search for ‘empowering quotes’. Ask them to pick one that interests them.
• Do they agree with it? If not why not? • What does it mean to them? Do they relate to the words or not? • How do/can they apply it to their own actions?
Invite your students to write a narrative poem that demonstrates the meaning of the quote and shares their views and feelings.
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