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War of Words - Lesson Plan for KS3

Additional Resources

There is a Powerpoint presentation that can be used alongside this lesson plan.


This activity takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Alternatively, the introductory work can be done in class (15 minutes) and the poem can be written as homework.


This lesson plan introduces the theme of conflict, looks at the causes and types of conflict and provides an activity so pupils can explore this theme and poetic techniques. Conflict is a sensitive subject and this lesson plan aims to provide pupils with information and an understanding of conflict that will inspire them to write their own unique poem.

Main Teaching Activity

Plenary (15 minutes)

Ask pupils to change groups so all the pupils with the same conflict theme are now sat together. In their new groups, they now take it in turns to read their poems to one another. Peers are to feedback something they like about the poem and something they think could be improved.


• Challenge more advanced pupils by asking them to include all the poetry techniques mentioned here in their poem or writing in a specific poetic form. Alternatively, you can provide them with a type of conflict they are to write about.

• Less able pupils can work in pairs or small groups on their poem and focus on including one or two techniques. Adults can scribe for pupils, if necessary.

• You can adapt the conflict and poetic technique cards too - so you could put down a scenario for pupils rather than a type of conflict, such as the war in Afghanistan, the floods in the UK or a moral dilemma. You can change the poetic techniques too, should you wish to.