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By Berlie Doherty, Brenda Williams, Christina Rossetti and Colin West

This poetry leaflet provides a range of modern and classic verse on a colour theme by poets including Berlie Doherty, Brenda Williams, Christina Rossetti and Colin West.

These teachers’ notes accompany the Guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS Ages 5 to 7 November 2008.

It's a colourful world - Guided reading leaflet

The structures and techniques used by the poets in this leaflet vary, but each poem can be read independently by children with a sound grasp of phonics. Some of the poems will be easily understood by children on the first reading, but others may need further analysis and discussion to help understand the imagery and metaphor.

The poems’ structures are simple, but the punctuation used in some of the poems, such as hyphens, dashes and colons may be unfamiliar to the children and can generate discussion.

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Before reading

  • Before the reading session, cue the children into thinking about colour with some warm-up activities such as:
    • Guess the colour 1 – a child thinks of a colour, keeps it secret and says the names of things that colour until someone guesses correctly;
    • Guess the colour 2 – a child thinks of a colour, keeps it secret and the class ask questions about it – eg, Is it bright? Can cats be this colour? Encourage the children to think of shades and tones (as in On-screen resource 2) rather than simple colour names.
  • Recap and review children’s knowledge of poetry.
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