More Poetry Object Learning Resources
This free and dynamic learning resource contains creative activities, poetic prompts, curriculum links and a collection of special objects and commissioned poems from professional poets. Happy writing!
You can also explore our collection of Red Room Poetry Object resources from previous years. These resources introduce your students to the world of Poetry Object and aid in NAPLAN preparation. Mix and match activities below to suit your classroom needs:
- Red Room Poetry Object Learning Resource 2017
- Red Room Poetry Object Learning Resource 2016
- Red Room Poetry Object Learning Resource 2015
- Explore past winning poems
- Read Poetry Object poems by professional poets
- Browse the library of over 15,000 Poetry Object submissions
Project these in the classroom, alongside (or instead of) a print-out of the learning resource.
- Full version
Featuring poetic activities, museum-contributed objects and commissioned poems
- Quick version
Featuring poetic activities only
Individual activities and information pages
These pages are also found within the full 2018 resource.
- Guide to school installations
Use this to inspire your poetic gallery or exhibition, and enter our School Installation prize category.
- What makes a special object?
Read about objects that are special or talismanic, and how to choose the right object for your poem.
- Pre-writing prompts
Activities to get your creative mind whirring, so that you will be ready to write poetry.
- Overcoming cliché
What is a cliché and why should we avoid it in our writing? This exercise will help you find wordings that are strong and unique.
- Block-out poetry
A creative activity that 'remixes' a pre-existing text to create something new!
- Activities inspired by commissioned poems
How did the commissioned poems come into being? Use these activities to inspire your own poetry, based on styles and techniques used by the poets in the 2018 learning resource.
- NAPLAN extensions
To help you bring poetry to the demands of NAPLAN.
- Final poem template
Use this to create your final Poetry Object poem, ready to submit!
These activites are suited for extensions on the full 2018 resource.
- Peer reviewing guide
Use this for critiquing and responding to each other's work. The framework develops students' capacities to reflect on poetry, and it supports the editing process.
- Group poem activity
This resource encourages classes and groups to create a poem together, based on poetic stimulus.
- Lineation activity
Inspired by Eileen Chong's poem 'Mid-Autumn Mooncakes', this activity encourages creative decision-making when it comes to line breaks in a poem.
- NAPLAN-based activities, Year 7
These activities, written by an experienced teacher, may help you prepare for the year 7 NAPLAN.
- NAPLAN-based activities, Year 9
These activities, written by an experienced teacher, may help you prepare for the year 9 NAPLAN.
- Poetic technique activities for NAPLAN preparation
These activities, written by an experienced teacher, may help you prepare for the NAPLAN.
- Overcoming cliché: extension
These activities build on the main resource's Overcoming cliché segment, and encourage unique expression when writing poetry.
- Poetic structures: diamante poems and Q&A poems
These two simple structures are great starting points for writing poetry, especially for those who are new to the form. Use these structures to introduce poetry to your group.
Poems to Share II
Poems to Share ll is created by Red Room Poetry in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE). It follows Poems to Share I (2010) and features new poems and activities. Poems to Share II was launched at the AATE/ALEA National Conference (July 2018).
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