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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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November in the Classroom

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month throughout November, and Native American Heritage Day on November 24, with the following resources:

For Veterans Day on November 11, teach this lesson plan about the Vietnam War, featuring poems by Yusef Komunyakaa and Ocean Vuong alongside resources from the National Archives.

For Thanksgiving, on November 23, take a look at the lesson plan “Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco’s ‘América,’” which examines what it means to be American on this holiday. Also, browse poems for the occasion, including "Thanksgiving Day" by Lydia Marie Child and “Perfect for Any Occasion” by Alberto Ríos.

Finally, plan ahead for December with poems about winter and poems for the holiday season!

November

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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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer
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Welcome to the classroom component of the 2015 National Poetry Month’s

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Teacher Benjamin Gott shares his experience teaching the poetry assignment: the
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Collected PoemsJohnson, Thomas H., ed. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.
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Poems are the perfect art form for our digitally-driven present. They're