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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November in the Classroom

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month, throughout November, and Native American Heritage Day, on November 23, with the following resources:

On November 11, honor veterans with a selection of contemporary and classic poems about war, including John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields.” This year, Veterans Day also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Celebrate the occasion in the classroom with a roundup of World War I poets, and take a look at a lesson plan featuring a poem by Rita Dove.

November 4, 2018, also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Wilfred Owen, author of the famous poems “Anthem for Doomed Youth” and “Dulce et Decorum Est.” He was killed while serving in France.

For Thanksgiving, on November 22, 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 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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lesson plans

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Submitted by the National Council of Teachers of English
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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer
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Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week from our

on teaching poetry

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1. In the poem “The Weary Blues,” the musician literally collapses when he’s
on teaching poetry
An introduction to poetic terms and devices.Basic Termsconnotation: the implied
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A guide to teaching a selection of poems by Emily Dickinson.