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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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October in the Classroom

Celebrate American Archives Month in the classroom by reading 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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month also continues until October 15. Browse lesson plans for the occasion, and find Spanish-language poems (and their English translations) to share with your class.

For Teen Read Week, which begins October 8, 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.

For Halloween, read 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 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 Carol McCarthy
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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer

on teaching poetry

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A guide to teaching a selection of poems by Emily Dickinson.
on teaching poetry
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