World Poetry Day (21 March each year) celebrates and promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry worldwide. The day was declared an official observance day by UNESCO in 1999. But as many countries already had established traditional National Poetry Day’s around October time (in UK 2 October 2014), this worldwide celebration receives very little publicity in those countries, including the UK. But I say, the more poetry days, the merrier.
You could celebrate World Poetry Day in your school by learning about poems from different cultures, including from pupils’ own cultures. Or investigate different forms of poem, such as the Japanese Haiku or the Arabic Ruba’i.
Here are some teaching resources online that you may find useful:
- How to Make a Haiku from the Jal Foundation and PDF version
- How to Make a Poetry Friendly Classroom
- More information on the event from global dimension
- TES Connect Poetry resources
- Young Poets Network has ideas and competitions that young people can enter
To book me to visit your school for the day, see Contact page.