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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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March in the Classroom

In Women’s History Month—and year-round—celebrate the women poets who have helped shape American poetry with this selection of poems, audio poems, essays, books, and ephemera. 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, find a poetry collection or anthology to read and share with your students.

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, including “Cherry blossoms” by Toi Derricotte and “What the Thrush Said” by John Keats.

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 Poetry in Your Pocket Day on April 27.


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 Anthony Consiglio

on teaching poetry

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Poetry's work is not simply the recording of inner or outer perception; it
on teaching poetry
Superstition continues to flourish around the earth even in the face of the
on teaching poetry
An introduction to poetic terms and devices.Basic Termsconnotation: the implied