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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October in the Classroom

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019 National Poetry Month Poster Contest, which is open to students in grades 9 through 12 living in the United States. The contest deadline is October 31.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in the classroom with these lesson plans for the occasion, and discover Spanish-language poems (and their English translations) to share with your class.

During October, which is also American Archives Month, explore We the Poets, a project for which we commissioned poets to write original works based on the National Archives’ holdings. Then, take a look at this lesson plan, The Immigrant Experience, based on Mary Jo Salter’s poem for the project.

For Teen Read Week, which begins October 7, browse selections of poems on the themes of identity, mental health, relationships, social justice and more, plus essays, recommended reading lists, and interviews to engage young adult readers of poetry.

Celebrate Halloween in the classroom with these poems about vampires, pumpkins, goblins, and more. Then, invite your students to imagine and interpret their own “ghosts” with this lesson plan on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Haunted Houses.”

October

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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Submitted by the National Council of Teachers of English
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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

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
I had no doubt that Henry would read his poems that afternoon. He was ready...
on teaching poetry
Collected PoemsJohnson, Thomas H., ed. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.
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Watch Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, Educator in Residence Mady Holzer,