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Be a Reporter for the Day

Be a Reporter for the Day

Be a reporter for a day. Or use what you see as inspiration for a fantastic story. Here are some ideas about how you could use the sites as the setting for fiction or to form the backdrop for a report…

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Poetry Activities

Poetry Activities

Poets use their senses to create their poems. Here are some activities that you can do on site to help you produce fantastic poetry based on your experiences.

Other texts you might want to look at:

• Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 4 scene 1 (from ‘Dost thou know Dover’) and scene 6 (to Lear’s entrance).
• Carol Ann Duffy, ‘White Cliffs’
• Daljit Nagra, ‘Look we have coming to Dover’
• See also http://www.poetryatlas.com/search/white+cliffs.html

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Poetry – Matthew Arnold ‘Dover Beach’

Poetry – Matthew Arnold ‘Dover Beach’

Matthew Arnold wrote his notes for Dover Beach when he was on his honeymoon in Dover in 1851. Can you describe the sea as well as he does? What does it make you think of? The sea and the cliffs are ages old – how does that make you feel? What are your hopes for the future? Look around you and discover how what you see can inspire you.

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Poetry Ros Barber ‘Listening Ear’

Poetry Ros Barber ‘Listening Ear’

Everyone likes listening in to other people’s conversations! Write a poem where you imagine you are a sound mirror listening to conversations in France and in the port of Dover. What can you hear…

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Poetry – Ros Barber ‘Samphire Hoe’

Poetry – Ros Barber ‘Samphire Hoe’

Samphire Hoe was made by piling up the spoil from digging out the Channel Tunnel. It is the world turned upside down, with the seabed as its surface. It is also a new place made from nothing. Create a poem by describing what you can you hear and see there now. And think about what kind of world would you like to make if you could start from scratch…

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Poetry – Ros Barber ‘Soup’

Poetry – Ros Barber ‘Soup’

The beach at East Wear Bay is a treasure trove of finds from fossils through Roman roof tiles and pottery to World War 2 tank traps. What can you discover? Be a beachcomber for an hour or two and write a poems about your finds.

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