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 Teach This Poem: "Valentine for Ernest Mann" by Naomi Shihab Nye Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: from "WHEREAS" by Layli Long Soldier Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "Chance" by Molly Peacock Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "America" by Claude McKay Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "Before a Painting" by James Weldon Johnson Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "Afternoons/Tardes" by Jorge H. Aigla Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "Burning the Old Year" by Naomi Shihab Nye Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “American Pharoah” by Ada Limón Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "The Hand" by Mary Ruefle Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: "My Mother’s Name Lucha" by Juan Felipe Herrera Teach This Poem

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