materials for teachers

Since 1996, we’ve been providing online resources to teachers to help them bring poetry to the classroom. Here you’ll find poetry lesson plans, essays about teaching, a glossary of poetry terms, and more. And our lesson plans, most of which are aligned with the Common Core, have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination. 

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Teach This Poem

Teach This Poem is a weekly series featuring a poem from our online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help K-12 teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom.

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lesson plans

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Written by Dawn Jacobs Martin and Daryl Grabarek
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Submitted by John Hollander
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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
Giraffes, how did they make Carmen? Well, you see, Carmen ate the prettiest
on teaching poetry
1. In the poem “The Weary Blues,” the musician literally collapses when he’s
on teaching poetry
Collected PoemsJohnson, Thomas H., ed. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.