All the following Curricula and Lesson Plans were created by secondary school teachers in New York and Colorado. Each teacher developed their unit over the course of an academic year and has tested his or her lesson plans in the classroom. Many of the units use visiting poets or writers-in-residence. You can see how to bring one to your classroom on our Writers in the Schools section in the Teachers Resource Center.
Our hope is to expand this page frequently. We welcome you to share with us your own successful poetry units. To leave feedback or contact the site coordinator, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Songs My Teacher Taught Me
This unit uses a series of learning activities to explore three thematic segments: "What is Poetry?" "Poems of Childhood," and "Self and Society."
Students participate in a series of learning activities employing interconnectivity between poems used and core texts to explore poetry as social commentary.
Poetry in Translation
Students investigate poetry through the lens of their individual cultural backgrounds by translating the work of poets from their ethnic heritage and writing and translating their own poems.
The Literature of War
Invites students to develop a richer understanding of both historical and contemporary events through the study of the poetry of war.
Women in Poetry
Introduces students to a range of women's voices in poetry through a series of thematic lesson plans including "Voices of the Mothers" and "Ars Poetica."
Committed to Memory
The Academy commissioned poet John Hollander to assemble a poetry lesson that emphasized the pleasure of memorization and recitation.