Using headlines is a great way to see the world from a student’s perspective. Through Their Eyes also gives students the opportunity to write with empathy as they look at a situation from another point of view.
- Australian Bushfires
- The EU voted to ban all single use plastics
- Harry & Meghan stepping down from royal duties
- Measles Epidemic in the Congo
- Astronaut Christina Koch returning to Earth from the Space Station
- It’s Veganuary!
Why not try using a word to inspire students' choice of who or what's point of view to write from?
Abandoned (a child, an item of clothing, an animal, a building, hope)
Celebrated (a hero, a villain, success, a trophy)
Achieved (a sportsperson, someone doing something for charity, beating an illness)
Persecuted (slavery, refugees, racism, Nelson Mandela, transgender)
Using this word or idea students research & find their Through Their Eyes poem inspiration!
Why not challenge students to use a poetic form?
Acrostic, rhyme, riddle, pantoum, sonnet... so many ways to be inspired!
- Acrostics are a fun way to showcase the name of the chosen point of view!
- Rhymes challenge students, but also make for interesting reading!
- A riddle adds a twist to Through Their Eyes – can we guess who or what’s point of view the poet is writing from?
- A pantoum uses repeated lines, so a fantastic way to drive a message to the reader
- A sonnet the perfect challenge for older or more able students to try!
Valentine's is about love so students could write a poem through the eyes of someone or something that's adored...
But why not put a twist in and challenge students to write a poem from the point of view of someone or something that is unloved or forgotten?
This makes for thought-provoking poems and appeals to those who don't rate Valentine's Day!