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Carrie's War and War poetry

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    Hi, I'd be grateful for any help. I'm a year 6 teacher and my literacy work this term is around World War II. (1) I wanted to start the unit with war poetry around the Blitz. I thought it would be a good way in looking at different types of images and encouraging different types of descriptive language. Have any of you used any war related poems that you could recommend? (2) I'm going to use Carrie's war as a stimulus for other writing this year. I want the children to write a story with Carrie's war and evacuation as a basis. As the text is so long I'm unsure how to get them to structure their own writing and to use it as a model. Does anyone have any ideas, or examples of their own children's writing on this topic? Any advice would be great! Thank you!
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    I've also looked for War Poetry and not found anything particularly good for WW2 - much more for WW1.

    Carrie's War is fantastic. We have:

    * written diaries after listening to Neville Chamberlain's announcement of war

    * written letters home from evacuees

    * written a story in 'chapters' - e.g. mini stories of the evacuation (focus on recount), the new location (focus on description), the new family (focus on characterisation), which pretty much follows the plot of the book.

    Try looking at 'Read and Respond' Carrie's War for some good ideas.

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    Thanks for your help. I'm looking forward to using it.
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    I found this poem on an old forum. It looks useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/83/a2011483.shtml
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     Found these, thought they might be useful:

     

    http://www.angelaspoems.webeden.co.uk/#/world-war-two/4538826918

     http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/2nd_WW.html#May_Hil

     

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    Sorry I haven't spotted this sooner, but this topic is exactly what inspired the alphabet poem that I wrote and posted on my website http://www.angelaspoems.webeden.co.uk/world-war-two/4538826918. It is specifically about a city during the Blitz and the emotions of the parents and children as the children were evacuated to the country. (It is one of my most used peons in schools). Also, I have written a shape poem called "Evacuee" which is great as a model for the children to write their own poems;a letter poem called "Evacuue's Postcard Home", and there are also some poems which children wrote in response to my workshop with them on World War which may be helpful..... http://www.angelaspoems.webeden.co.uk/swinton-queen-primary/4539596591 Sorry if it's too late, but it might help someone else in future if so! Angela Yardy. Www.angelaspoems.co.uk
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