With Armistice Day approaching on November 11th now would be a good time to plan some dramatic and atmospheric war poetry lessons for the children in your class and the poetry book ‘What Are We Fighting For?’ written by my friends Roger Stevens and Brian Moses would be a great place to start!
Split into three sections i.e. World War 1, World War 2 and poems about the futility of war this is an excellent book, perfectly pitched for KS2, that features a wide variety of themes and forms of poetry that your children will love. This is also a must have book for any class studying WW2 in history as it is also packed with fascinating historical facts your children will find mesmerizing!
I particularly enjoyed the poem ‘Trench Warfare’ by Roger Stevens which makes brilliant use of the senses to conjure up lots of vivid images of war. Download a copy of my Trench Warfare writing framework hereTrench Warfare frame and challenge your children to write their own WW2 mesostic poem!