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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High School, Middle School Incredible Bridges: “Translation for Mamá” by Richard Blanco Lesson
Middle School Infinite Recess Unit
Elementary School Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing Unit
Middle School Letters to Poets Unit
Elementary School Life-Size Board Game! Lesson
High School Love as a Two-Way Street Unit
Middle School Mutant Shakespeare Unit
Elementary School On "Indian Summer Ritual" Activity
Elementary School On Marilyn Nelson's My Seneca Village Unit
High School, Middle School On Marilyn Nelson's Poem “1905” Lesson