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 Teach This Poem: “Taking Down the Tree” by Jane Kenyon Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “The Blower of Leaves” by January Gill O’Neil Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “The Indications [excerpt]" by Walt Whitman Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teach This Poem: “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton Teach This Poem
High School, Middle School Teaching the Vietnam War with Poetry and Archives Lesson
Middle School Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco's "América" Lesson
Middle School The African American Experience Unit
Elementary School The Immigrant Experience Unit
High School The Literature of War Unit
Middle School The Science of Superpowers Unit

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