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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August in the Classroom: Back to School

Celebrate the beginning of another academic year with poems about school, friendship, and reading and writing, as well as this roundup of poems for every school subject.

Discover all of the educational resources available on Poets.org with this video guide featuring an introduction by Richard Blanco.

Read this essay by our educator-in-residence, Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, called “Poetic Sensibility: What It Is and Why We Need It in 21st Century Education.

Take a look at this collection of lesson plans that are especially suited to the back-to-school season and introducing poetry to the classroom.

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

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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Watch Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, Educator in Residence Mady Holzer,
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At night, when nobody else was awake, the two teenagers would send secret
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 Download the entire Emily Dickinson Reading Guide as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.