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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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February in the Classroom

Celebrate the rich tradition of African American poetry in Black History Month—and year-round—with this selection of poems, audio poems, essays, and archival letters. Also, take a look at this collection of lesson plans for Black History Month, featuring poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, and Claudia Rankine, among others.

For Valentine’s Day on February 14, take a look at the lesson plan “Love as a Two-Way Street” and browse this selection of classic and contemporary love poems.

This year, February 20 is both President’s Day and the World Day of Social Justice. Read a selection of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite poems and browse a list of poems about social justice.

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.

February

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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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
Giraffes, how did they make Carmen? Well, you see, Carmen ate the prettiest
on teaching poetry
Poetry's work is not simply the recording of inner or outer perception; it
on teaching poetry
Poet Timothy Yu makes a case for including poetry in the teaching of Asian