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Poems about homelessness - please help if you can!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by MrDarcyfan, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. I'm just planning my Year 6 poetry unit Finding a Voice. As our topic this term is refugees and migration, I'm trying to link it to homelessness. I've got some pictures, interviews and ideas for hotseating and drama but am really struggling to find poems about homelessness that are suitable for children despite innumerable internet searches. I've also been really silly and left my copy of The Works at school. Has anybody used/got any poems about homelessness that they could tell me about? I would be really grateful for some help. Thanks.
  2. Sorry- can only think of Timothy Winters - more about being very poor than homelessness. Sure someone else will be along very soon.
  3. These are some I used last year for the Year 6 poetry unit - Finding a Voice.
    Homelessness Poetry
    Refugee Poetry
    This one (called Refugee River) is particularly nice because it is written in the shape of a river
    http://www.globallink.org.uk/RefExResources/PassportESpre14.pdf (the poem is on page 7)
    http://benjaminzephaniah.com/content/251.php (The British and We Refugess are the two I used from this page).
    I played the children a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3TR1XVQCTs and then used a picture of a homeless person to brainstorm what it must feel like having people walk past you and not notice you, why people are homeless etc.
    The poetry the children wrote was fantastic.
  4. Thanks to both of you!
    Classroomlife, they look great resources, thankyou so much - Sounds sad but I'm really looking forward to teaching this unit and now I'm looking forward to it even more. I knew I could count on the great people on this forum!
  5. smiley_scribe

    smiley_scribe New commenter

    I don't know how much help this will be but i made this up when i was in high school. I can only remember the first part of it though and have no idea where i would find it written down! Maybe the children could write another verse to go with it or something...
    I sit alone inside my box,
    I beg to passers by
    I sometimes put a sign outside-
    I sometimes sit and cry
    The Christmas shoppers carry on,
    As if I am not there
    They walk past me with bags of goods
    They do not even care...

    And I'm really sorry but that is all I can remember! I remember it went into feelings and questioning why etc. As i said, it could be used a starting point for something.... Hope that helps?
  6. deeley

    deeley New commenter

    maybe you could use a song too, such as Phil collins - another day in paradise - I always try and find a song that fits a theme....
  7. Thanks to all for your help! I'm really grateful and now have the unit planned!
  8. tiffster

    tiffster New commenter

    Streets of London - Ralph McTell. Might have already been mentioned - what brilliant resources people have come up with. :)


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