Poetry visual literacy lesson

Title: Four poets on time

Key Learning Area: English

Grade: 6L

Date: 21/10/08

Lesson Focus: Visual literacy and poetry

Resources: Class set of Touchdown October 2008 Magazine, English workbooks


TS3.2 Interacts productively and with autonomy in pairs and groups of various sizes and composition, uses effective oral presentation skills and strategies and listens attentively.

RS3.7 Critically analyses techniques used by writers to create certain effects, to use language creatively, to position the reader in various ways and to construct different interpretations of experience.

WS3.9 Produces a wide range of well-structured and well-presented literary and factual texts for a wide variety of purposes and audiences using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and written language features.

Specific indicators of learning

  • Students are able to identify the author’s intent of the text written
  • Students critically analyse the relevance of illustrations and the relationship to the text

Assessment strategies

  • Listen to students’ contributions within group work and class discussion
  • Students produce an image or suggestions for images that reflect their understanding of the text.

Sequence of teaching/learning experiences





Brainstorm with the class: What do you think of the phrase passing time?

Contribute to class discussion about their ideas and thoughts about time.

5 minutes

Main Body

Read as a class the four poets on time article in School Magazine October 2008.

Read the poems round robin in the classroom.

5 minutes

Students are split into 4 small groups and are asked to discuss the unknown words in the poems as a group and create a glossary of terms for the difficult words in their poem.

Poem 1: petty pace, syllable

Poem 2: ye, Old Time

Poem 3: twilight, curlew (bird), hastens

Poem 4: cage the minute

Students discuss their ideas with the rest of the class.

During this time, students should also work within their groups to clarify what the poem is actually saying about time. Poem 1: Tomorrow and yesterday is about time.

Poem 2: Use your time wisely because it goes by very quickly

Poem 3: Time doesn’t stop, it always continues on.

Poem 4: We cannot stop time

15 minutes

Students examine in their groups the various pictures that accompany the poem. Students should then contribute to a class discussion about these images.

Students should think about these aspects:

  • What objects has the illustrator chosen to place in the image?
  • Where are these items placed in the image?
  • What kinds of colours are used?
  • Does it symbolise anything?
  • What kinds of moods are conveyed through the illustrations?
  • Are the images related to the poem?
  • How are they related? Literal or do they represent the meaning behind the poem?
  • How/Would you change these illustrations?

10 minutes


Students can recreate one of the illustrations to support one of the poems in the magazine or draw an image the represents their ideas of passing time. Students may wish to share these ideas with the rest of the class.

15 minutes