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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Elementary School Guerilla Poetry Lesson
High School Adding Insult to Poetry Lesson
Middle School Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco's "América" Lesson
Middle School Get Your Haiku On Lesson
Middle School On Pining: Write a Verse to Make Them Stay Lesson
High School, Middle School Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community, "Gate A-4" by Naomi Shihab Nye Lesson
Middle School Word Karaoke Lesson
Elementary School Walt Whitman, Poet and Keen Observer Lesson
High School Complicated Identities: On Adrienne Rich's "Diving into the Wreck" Lesson
Elementary School Life-Size Board Game! Lesson