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 The Immigrant Experience Unit
High School The Literature of War Unit
Middle School The Science of Superpowers Unit
Elementary School There’s Poetry in an Atom: Writing Creatively About Science Unit
High School Voice Unit
Elementary School Walt Whitman, Poet and Keen Observer Lesson
High School We Sing America Unit
High School When Identities Clash: On Derek Walcott's "A Far Cry from Africa" Unit
High School Women in Poetry Unit
Middle School Word Karaoke Lesson