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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Middle School The African American Experience Unit
Middle School Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco's "América" Lesson
High School, Middle School Teaching the Vietnam War with Poetry and Archives Lesson
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton Teach This Poem
Middle School Teach This Poem: “Taking Down the Tree” by Jane Kenyon Teach This Poem
Elementary School, High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “One day is there of the series” by Emily Dickinson Teach This Poem
Elementary School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “Making History” by Marilyn Nelson Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “little prayer" by Danez Smith Teach This Poem
Elementary School, High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “Home” by Bruce Weigl Teach This Poem
Middle School Teach This Poem: "Wonder and Joy" by Robinson Jeffers Teach This Poem

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