materials for teachers

Since we launched our website in 1996, we've been providing resources to teachers to help them bring poetry to the classroom. Here you will find a wealth of information, including essays about teaching poetry; a roundup of relevant websites; and curriculum units and lesson plans for teaching poetry at the primary, secondary, and university level.

Most of our lesson plans for primary and secondary levels are aligned with Common Core State Standards. All plans have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination. We hope they will inspire the educators in our community to bring even more poems into your classrooms!

We also invite you to participate in National Poetry Month's Dear Poet project and Poem in Your Pocket Day this April. 

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lesson plans

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Submitted by Carol McCarthy
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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
by Ron Padgett
on teaching poetry
Twelve people sitting around a table talking about poems is not going to ruin
on teaching poetry
by Matthew Zapruder