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.
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.”