Ready to have a go at some poetry in your Language lessons? Here are some ideas and resources to set you off and celebrate World Poetry Day:
- Hombre de colors/Homme de couleurs by Jerome Ruillier is based on a traditional African poem. The simple language of colours is used to make a powerful point about racism. For resources to exploit it click here.
- Scene de Plage (QCA Unit) has a couple of Beach poems which can be used as writing frames for children to adapt and write their own simple seaside rhymes. Download resources here from Talkabout Year5French wikispace
- Have a go at writing some calligrams (aka 'concrete poetry' or 'shape poems'). Here are some examples by Guillaume Apollinaire and some made by children in Nancy and lots of animal ones from ecole de Martigny
- Why not explore a famous poem known to most French children 'chanson pour les enfants l'hiver' by Jacques Prévert? This link will give you a soundfile, the poem, a translation and a YouTube interpretation.
- All children will enjoy trying to work out the meaning of this funny poem using cognates and words they already know in French: Locataires by Jean-Luc Moreau
- So many childrens poems are also songs, why not try out La Cucaracha (the cockroach) on Mama Lisa's extensive website, with lots of other languages available too!