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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September in the Classroom

Welcome back to school! Plan ahead and bring poetry into the classroom year-round with these resources:

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in the classroom with these lesson plans for the occasion, and discover Spanish-language poems (and their English translations) to share with your class.

For National Arts in Education Week, which begins on September 10, learn how other teachers teach poetry.

For the first day of fall on September 22, read these poems for autumn.

For Banned Books Week, which begins on September 24, read about poetry’s place in the history of banned books.

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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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer
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Submitted by Julie Morse
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Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week from our

on teaching poetry

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Watch Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, Educator in Residence Mady Holzer,
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First, I must tell you, I don’t teach for a living. I am one of those writers
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On establishing a collective, collaborative space in which students can explore