Learning Resources


WATCH THIS SPACE for fun video resources and poetry activities for kids!


Tetractys Poems: https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/whisker-of-poetry/tetractys-poems/

Golden Shovel Poems: https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/whisker-of-poetry/golden-shovel/

Didactic Cinquain Poems: https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/whisker-of-poetry/didactic-cinquain/

Lorraine Marwood Guest Blog Post: https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/whisker-of-poetry/lorraine-marwood/ 



Having problems getting creative with your work? Some of Australia’s leading writers have been there! Click on each of the authors below to see their suggestions.

Top 10 Creative Writing Tips by Belinda Murrell – bestselling, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years.

An Easy Way to Write a Poem by Sally Murphy – author of Pearl Versus the World and 2011 Awards Judge.

How to Write a Good Poem by Lorraine Marwood – Winner Prime Minister’s Literary Award Children’s Category for Star Jumps. Lorraine was also a 2006 Awards Judge.

What Will I Write About by Dee White – author of Letters to Leonardo and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure.

The Seven R’s by Libby Hathorn – author of Zahara’s Rose and The Great Big Animal Ask.

Mentoring Kit  Lorraine Marwood and Clare Saxby combine their talents to provide a Mentoring Kit: A Guide for Young Poets.


The internet has many wonderful, educational and inspriational resources for Australian teachers. A wonderful website from Aussie Educators contains an abundance of links and downloads to documents about poetry and poetry forms. Click here to see it!

Some other helpful links include:

Using Pirozzo’s Grids

An Introduction by Catriona Coote

Educational consultant and former Science teacher, Ralph Pirozzo’s aim was to use Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Intelligences to create a teaching/learning activity grid. By using the grid, as these teachers have done, it’s possible to design an exciting range of co-operative learning activities that engage students across a variety of learning styles.

Download Pirozzo’s sample grid.doc

Now … how to adapt the sample programmes to your class:

  • Identify “core” (teacher taught/guided) activities which are compulsory to all students. These can be highlighted in a particular colour.
  • Decide how many “elective” (independent or small group) activities you want your student/s to complete and from which taxonomies (e.g. “six activities, at least one of each from applying, analysing, creating and evaluating”).

Pirozzo’s Grid is particularly useful for developing IEPs – the activities can remain the same, just alter the contract requirements for individual students according to ability/need. Each activity within the matrix can be allocated a particular weighting towards the final mark. By giving heavier weight to higher level thinking tasks, students are encouraged to challenge themselves.

Year 5 Poetry by Henrietta Miller

Poetry Stage 3 by Michele Beach

Poetry Year 7/8 (Including Learning Contracts) by Vicki French

Protest Poetry and Songs Stage 5 (Year 9) by Sandi Butler

Poetry – Student Choice of Poet Year 9 by Di McGowan

Design a contract that suits your students and get them to sign it. (See sample contract in the Year 7/8 Extension English unit – link below).

Ensure that students understand the thinking tools designated in particular activities (see key below).


BROW Brainstorm, Read, Organise, Write
LDC Like, Dislike, Challenging, Changes
LEAP Listen, Enjoy, Analyse & Arrange, Perform
PMI Plus, Minus, Interesting
PNQ Positives, Negatives, Interesting
TAP Think All Possibilities
Venn Diagram Compare & Contrast
Y-chart Looks like, sounds like, feels like
X-chart Looks like, sounds like, feels like, thinks like
T-chart Use shape of T to divide page; left column is ‘in support of proposition’, right column ‘negating proposition’
GUTSOAP Get under the skin of another person


Below are some links to other websites related to children’s poetry and literature including authors, competitions and information about literacy.

Please note, these links are provided as a guide. The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society has no responsibility for the content of these websites. Please contact us if you know of any other links that could be included on this page.

Website URL Description
Australian Children’s Poetry Website www.australianchildrenspoetry.com.au  
Children’s Book Council of Australia www.cbc.org.au  
Reading Australia www.readingaustralia.com.au  
GrammarCheck www.grammarcheck.net Infographics and grammar checker tools
Creative Writing Resource Guide www.freebooknotes.com  
Poetry 4 kids www.poetry4kids.net Poet Sherryl Clark provides tips on poetry writing
Ipswich Poetry Festival www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au Poetry writing competition for school students
FAW Queensland Short Story Competition www.fawq.net An open competition for a short story
Scholastic www.teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry Poetry writing tips and teacher’s resources
Tasmanian Poetry Festival www.taspoetryfest.org  
Poets Union Inc poetsunioninc.blogspot.com.au Events, competitions and poetry podcasts.
Winning Writers http://www.winningwriters.com  
Poems for the People www.netpoets.com  
Free to All www.MoonTownCafe.com Website for Poets and Writers
Dream Quest One http://www.dreamquestone.com Poetry & Writing Contest
Mudgee Valley Writers Biennial Competition speechespoemsanything.wordpress.com  
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015 http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/ The UK’s foremost poetry festival
The Rosie Creators Award RosieRespect.org.au/award In the areas of writing, video, photography and activism
Steven Herrick www.stevenherrick.com.au Award winning Australian children’s poet
Jack Prelutsky www.jackprelutsky.com Award winning US children’s poet’s fun and colourful site
Australian Curriculum Lessons


Red Room Company https://redroomcompany.org/education/  
English Teachers Association https://www.englishteacher.com.au/resources/categories?id=9