materials for teachers

Since Robert Frost encouraged our founder Marie Bullock to "get poetry into the high schools" in the 1960s, we've been assisting teachers in bringing poetry into the classroom. Here you'll find award-winning educational resources including Teach This Poem, a glossary of poetry termsessays about teaching, and lesson plans, which have been reviewed by our educator in residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination.

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March in the Classroom

During Women’s History Month—and year-round—celebrate the women poets who have helped shape American poetry with this selection of poems. Also, take a look at this collection of lesson plans for Women’s History Month, featuring poems by Lucille Clifton, Emma Lazarus, and Adrienne Rich, among others.

For National Read Across America Day on March 2, schools and libraries nationwide will celebrate the joys of reading. Join the excitement (and get a headstart on National Poetry Month in April) by sharing our Poems for Kids and Poetry for Teens resources with your students and showcasing their favorite poems in an anthology.

For National Grammar Day on March 4, read Edward Hirsch’s iconic essay “How to Read a Poem” and Michael Ryan’s essay on grammar in poetry.

For Pi Day on March 14, take a look at the lesson plan “Infinite Recess,” which combines classroom writing activities and a lesson on mathematical structures.

On St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, read this collection of Irish poetry, poets, books, and essays.

On March 20, the first day of spring, celebrate the changing weather with this selection of poems for the season, as well as this collection of related lesson plans.

Finally, we’re already looking ahead to April and excited to share our educator resources for this year’s National Poetry Month. Sign up to receive your free National Poetry Month poster, watch videos of our Chancellors reading their work in this year’s Dear Poet Project, and save the date for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18.


Poetry in the Classroom Calendar

Take a look at our updated 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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This unit begins with an activity to model the “I notice” method with Ezra
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Submitted by Carolyn Kohli

on teaching poetry

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On establishing a collective, collaborative space in which students can explore
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Giraffes, how did they make Carmen? Well, you see, Carmen ate the prettiest
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“Sassy baby.”“Moneys dream monkey dreams.”“The fire is lit and the house is