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For teachers

"[His writing] has sympathy and depth which makes it suitable for various stages in school."


These resources are suitable for a wide range of age groups and levels, from P4 to S6.

Resources for teachers Level

/The Edwin Morgan Archive | A guide for teachers
An introduction to the Archive for teachers


/Dialogue | The First Men on Mercury
This science-fiction poem about language exchange leads to discussion about negotiating with others. Writing exercises involve research about Earth and Mercury, and creating a dialogue between different groups.


/Emerge | Message Clear
This resource considers the poem, based on John 11:25, in Edwin Morgan's personal context, in a biblical context, and as a visual poem; writing an 'emergent poem' on another text; retelling the story of Lazarus from different perspectives.


/Love | Strawberries
This resource explores one of Morgan's love poems from the 1960s in the context of his other work at the time; writing about a situation similar to that in the poem; illustrating the poem, which takes place over time, with a single image.


/Matter | Particle Poem
This resource explores 'Particle Poem' (iii). It describes the world in threes ('knife, fork and spoon'), and twos ('left and right') using a range of references, from nursery rhymes to King Lear, science to human relationships.


/Sound | The Loch Ness Monster's Song
This resource interprets a poem made of sounds not words. Activities include writing sound poems by other creatures or objects, creating a Loch Ness soundscape.


/Struggle | James Macfarlan
This resource explores a monologue poem, written in the voice of the Glasgow poet James Macfarlan (1832-1862). Pupils can discuss its depiction of Burns, living conditions in 19th century Scotland, and the purpose of poetry.


/Together | Lullaby
This resource introduces the poet Attila József, and his poem 'Lullaby', which describes objects in the child's environment falling asleep. Activities offer suggestions to help pupils discuss why sleep is necessary; write their own lullaby; and make a collection of lullabies for their own homes.


/Tongues | Creatures
These writing exercises offer approaches for writing about animals, with other activities focusing on the original French poems, to look at vocabulary and translation. Suitable for various levels.

  • P5-S2 Edwin Morgan's English translations are accessible to younger pupils.
  • S3-S6 Pupils taking French could read the translations alongside the original French poems.
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