The Power of Poetry (Starter)
Show Slide 1 from the Powerpoint Poetic Power. Invite your pupils to tell you about the picture. As appropriate, draw out how a simple description that informs our minds may not convey the real depth of meaning and significance, but poetry can do that as it speaks to our emotions and causes us to think more deeply. (If appropriate you could quote the aphorism that ‘Good art makes you feel so much, you can’t help but think’.) As appropriate, show Slides 2 and 3 which provide a simple description and then a poetic reflection.
Repeat this with Slides 4-9 which provide a stimulus picture and a simple description, inviting your pupils to suggest a poetic reflection. Use Slide 10 to introduce this lesson material which will use poetry to explore the biblical story of the death and resurrection of Jesus (the Easter story), and culminate in writing a poem about the Easter story.