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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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July in the Classroom

This summer, encourage your students to stay engaged with and excited about poetry through this list of summer reading activities.

Read this collection of poems about social justice and this collection of poems about identity, then learn how to create your own online anthology of poems to share with your students.

Find poems about travel and poems about summer.

Discover strategies and ideas for bringing literary publishing into a high school setting—including interviews and interactions with contemporary poets—in this essay by Dylan Emerick-Brown, the creator and faculty adviser for Deltona High School’s acclaimed, student-run literary magazine, Howl.

Read a new selection of students’ letters from this year's Dear Poet project.

Finally, we’re pleased to announce that the American Association of School Librarians has named Poets.org a 2017 Best Website for Teaching & Learning. This recognition honors websites that foster “innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.”

Poetry in the Classroom Calendar

Take a look at our brand-new Poetry in the Classroom Calendar, a downloadable, interactive PDF designed to inspire ideas for teaching poetry throughout each month, with links to related lesson plans, activities, and other resources.

Poetry in the Classroom Calendar

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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Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week from our
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Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week from our
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This unit begins with an activity to model the “I notice” method with Ezra

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An essay by poet Matthew Zapruder on the best way to read poetry: "I want what
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Poetry is so much about the play of language leading one to see things in a new
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Teacher Benjamin Gott shares his experience teaching the poetry assignment: the