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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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May in the Classroom

For the beginning of May, read and share these poems about spring.

For Children’s Book Week during the first week in May, celebrate the joy of reading with this roundup of recommended poetry books for children.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, browse essays about teaching and read teachers’ testimonials about bringing poetry into the classroom. Teachers, we’re grateful for all that you do!

Find poems to share for Mother’s Day on May 13.

Celebrate Walt Whitman’s birthday on May 31 with lesson plans, reading guides, poetry, and more.

Finally, thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this year’s Dear Poet project! We will be featuring a selection of the letters on Poets.org, alongside the Chancellors’ responses. In the meantime, take a look at this special preview of letters from one of our education sponsors.

May

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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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer
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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer
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Teach This Poem is a weekly series featuring a poem from our online poetry

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
I had no doubt that Henry would read his poems that afternoon. He was ready...
on teaching poetry
Teacher Benjamin Gott shares his experience teaching the poetry assignment: the
on teaching poetry
With a special introduction by Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, this brief