21 March is World Poetry Day. These lovely words from the United Nations outline how poetry can bring diverse communities together:

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.
World Poetry Day

Here are some more inspirational resources to use with your students on the day, or to savour and keep for future reference.

From our Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh

The E-Tangata Conversations crew joined Selina for a visit to St Joseph’s School in Ōtāhuhu, to hear her reflections on the responsibilities that come with being 'the first', and the experiences, challenges, and people who have shaped her path and her craft.

Source: Conversations: Selina Tusitala Marsh on the E-Tangata website.

Poetry and poetry writing resources

And here are useful resources from Services to Schools:

  • Poetry — find out about poetry and how to use it to engage children with reading. With wordplay, humour and fresh insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, children’s poetry captures emotions and confronts serious issues.
  • Forms of writing — some resources on Topic Explorer.
  • Smart Alex creative writing competition — get students to write a poem for this competition and be in to win some money for themselves and their school library!