Match Box Poetry

Duration: 2 hours
Audience: Primary and High School Teachers

In this workshop participants will explore how Matchbox Poetry can function as an exciting and innovative strategy to foster engagement as Stages 4 and 5 students create their own multimodal texts.

Match Box Poetry involves writing a short scaffolded poem that tells the story of an object small enough to fit inside a matchbox. The publication of this poem as an art object fosters imaginative approaches to representation

 Participants will:

  • develop skills in teaching students how to write and think like poets

  • be guided through a series of practical and achievable activities that illustrate how Match Box Poetry explores all phases of the writing process: from ideating, drafting, pitching and editing through to publishing and reflecting.

  • examine a series of student work samples

  • write their own Match Box poem

 In particular, we will discuss:

  • links to the NSW syllabus and to the Australian Curriculum for English

  • how Matchbox Poetry can help prepare students for the requirements of the Stage 6 English courses

  • how this type of multimodal text might be included in an assessment process

  • strategies to adapt this type of multimodal poetry to the needs and interests of your school community.

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1.2.2 - Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.
1.5.2 - Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

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