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Touchstones Now!: An Anthology of Poetry for Key Stage 3

By | Copyright Year:2008 | ISBN-13: 9780340965788

Many thousands of pupils have developed a love of poetry through the classic Touchstones series. Now this bestselling Key Stage 3 anthology – celebrating its 40th anniversary – has been completely updated to meet the demands of today’s classroom and the 2008 National Curriculum.

Touchstones Now contains a rich selection of poetry, ranging from Chaucer to modern-day poets, including many unusual and thought-provoking pieces together with much-loved favourites.

The unique structure of the anthology enables pupils to examine how differing poetic constructs work as well as exploring poetic themes and studying individual poets. Many of the popular features of other Benton anthologies such as Picture Poems and Painting with Words are integrated into this new edition.


Part A Ten Units
Unit 1 Playing With Words
Unit 2 Making Your Own Notes
Unit 3 Making Word-Pictures
Unit 4 Comparisons
Unit 5 Rhythm and Movement
Unit 6 Sound and Movement
Unit 7 Patterns on the Page
Unit 8 Ballads
Unit 9 Word Pictures and Ideas
Unit 10 Mixed Feelings
Part B Ten Themes
Unit 1 Seasons
Unit 2 Nonsense and Stuff
Unit 3 Magic and Mystery
Unit 4 Stories
Unit 5 Ballads
Unit 6 Creatures
Unit 7 School
Unit 8 Me 1
Unit 9 You
Unit 10 Poems and Paintings
Part C Ten poets
Unit 1 Geoffrey Chaucer
Unit 2 William Shakespeare
Unit 3 John Clare
Unit 4 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Unit 5 Christina Rossetti
Unit 6 D.H Lawrence
Unit 7 Ted Hughes
Unit 8 John Agard
Unit 9 Charles Causley
Unit 10 Grace Nichols