Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose

Ideas and resources for accessing literary heritage works

By: Bob Cox


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Size210 x 280mm
PublishedAugust 2014

Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose provides 20 units of work covering poetry and prose from our literary heritage. Each unit comes with exciting stimulus material and creative suggestions for ways in which the material can be used for outstanding learning possibilities. Illustrations and innovative ideas to help pupils access the meaning and wonder of the text add to the book's appeal.

Pupils are encouraged, throughout the units of work, to engage with language, invent questions and write with flair and accuracy, bringing literature from the past to life and opening doors to further reading and exploration.

Also included is an introduction to the concepts used in the book and suggestions for a range of methods and pathways which can lead to language development and literary appreciation. Although the units are diverse and have a range of poetry and prose for teachers to use, the book presents cohesive methods for engaging children with a variety of different literary texts and improving standards of literacy.

Opening Doors both informs and excites. It contains everything you need for outstanding English lessons, including downloadable resources for primary English, including extracts from the literary works and activities to get started with. Let's begin.

For teachers of pupils aged 7 to 13.

Downloadable resources inside.

The best way to experience this book is to see it! So click here to see a sample of Unit 2, Sunset - 'Great City' by Harold Monro.

Contents include: (Click on the links below to view a collection of written work produced by school children aged 6–9 who are following the passages and exercises related to the texts included in this book)

Part 1: Opening doors to poetry
1. Voices on the Sharp Air - 'The Call' by Charlotte Mew
2. Sunset - 'Great City' by Harold Monro
3. The Abbot and the Rover - 'The Inchcape Rock' by Robert Southey
4. Sickness -' The Land of Counterpane' by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. Paths of Mystery - 'The Path' by Edward Thomas
6. Zero at the Bone - 'Snake' by Emily Dickinson

Part 2: Opening doors to prose
7. Moon Seeds - The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
8. A Ghastly Waxwork - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
9. Through Beauty's Eyes - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
10. Code Breaking - A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
11. Playing Cards in Wonderland - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
12. Windswept Pavilion - 'The Pavilion on the Links' by Robert Louis Stevenson
13. The Face and Hands of a Vampire - Dracula by Bram Stoker
14. Fire at Thornfield - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
15. Whirlpool! - Descent into the Maelström' by Edgar Allan Poe

Part 3: The other side of the door: poetry for writing
16. The Crag and the Sea - 'The Eagle' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
17. Images in a Candle Flame - 'Old Furniture' by Thomas Hardy
18. Horses Born with Eagles' Wings - The Pied Piper of Hamelin' by Robert Browning
19. I Shot an Arrow ... - 'The Arrow and the Song' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
20. Cat Moments - 'The Kitten and Falling Leaves' by William Wordsworth

Click here to view the related title that covers the 6–9 age range – Opening Doors to Quality Writing: Ideas for Writing Inspired By Great Writers for Ages 6 to 9, £12.99.

Click here to view the related title that covers the 10–13 age range – Opening Doors to Quality Writing: Ideas for Writing Inspired By Great Writers for Ages 10 to 13, £12.99.

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Bob Cox

Having taught English for 23 years, Bob Cox is now an independent education consultant, writer and teacher coach who works nationally and internationally to support outstanding learning. Bob also delivers keynotes for national associations, multi-academy trusts and local authorities, as more schools integrate Opening Doors' strategies into their curriculum design.

Listen to Bob Cox talk about his Opening Doors series of books with Toria Bono from Tiny Voice Talks here.


  1. Opening Doors to Ambitious Primary English does exactly what it says on the tin. Bob Cox, Leah Crawford, Angela Jenkins and Julie Sargent are relentless in their ambition for all pupils to have access to high-quality texts that become part of their everyday reading and writing diet. The passion and the knowledge of the writers sings from the pages in a way that is inspiring and enthusing but also practical and logical with ideas and strategies to take straight into the classroom. The examples of practice were pertinent and the viewpoints of teaching staff alongside the resulting writing of their pupils shows what can be achieved when we remove the glass ceilings in primary classrooms.

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