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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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June in the Classroom

This June, celebrate Pride Month in the classroom with this selection of poems from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers past and present. Also, take a look at this lesson plan featuring Adrienne Rich’s iconic poem “Diving into the Wreck.”

Discover poems for graduation and about growing up and moving forward.

Read and share these poems about summer and warm weather.

For Gwendolyn Brooks’s birthday on June 7, celebrate her life and work with this selection of poems, audio, essays, and other resources. Also, take a look at this lesson plan featuring her poem “The Bean-Eaters.”

Find poems to share for Father’s Day on June 17.

Finally, thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this year’s Dear Poet project! We received over 1,900 letters this year, and we were so impressed by the close personal connections students drew with the poems. We'll be publishing letters throughout the summer; take a look at the first selection of letters and the Chancellors’ responses.

June

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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Teach This Poem is a weekly series featuring a poem from our online poetry
lesson plan
Teach This Poem is a weekly series featuring a poem from our online poetry

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
With a special introduction by Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, this brief
on teaching poetry
Giraffes, how did they make Carmen? Well, you see, Carmen ate the prettiest
on teaching poetry
I had no doubt that Henry would read his poems that afternoon. He was ready...