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 On Marilyn Nelson's Poem “1905” Lesson
Middle School On Pining: Write a Verse to Make Them Stay Lesson
High School Poems About Poetry Unit
Elementary School Poet-to-Poet: "The Owl" by Arthur Sze Unit
Middle School Poet-to-Poet: From "Manatee/Humanity" by Anne Waldman Unit
High School Poetry in Translation Unit
Elementary School Smell This Story, Taste This Poem Unit
High School Songs My Teacher Taught Me Unit
Elementary School, High School, Middle School Summer Reading Activities Activity
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem : "In Praise of Okra" by January Gill O'Neil Teach This Poem