lesson plans

The Academy of American Poets presents lesson plans, most of which align with Common Core State Standards, and all of which 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!



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Noticing Poetry Unit
Elementary School Smell This Story, Taste This Poem Unit
Elementary School There’s Poetry in an Atom: Writing Creatively About Science Unit
Elementary School Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing Unit
Elementary School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “Making History” by Marilyn Nelson Teach This Poem
Elementary School Guerilla Poetry Lesson
Elementary School Introducing Richard Blanco's Poem “One Today" Through the Picture Book Lesson
Elementary School On Marilyn Nelson's My Seneca Village Unit
Elementary School, High School, Middle School Dear Poet 2016 Lesson Plan Unit
Elementary School, High School, Middle School Summer Reading Activities Activity