materials for teachers

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 14.

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 some of our education sponsors.


May

New Education Videos Featuring Richard Blanco

In these two new education videos, Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, Educator in Residence Mady Holzer, and Harvard Professor Lisa New discuss Blanco’s poem “Looking for the Gulf Motel” and how to teach it in the classroom.
 
"Memory and Longing: 'Looking for the Gulf Motel' by Richard Blanco"

 
"Poetry and Pedagogy with the American Academy of Poets"

These videos were produced for Poetry in America for Teachers, a professional development course designed for K-12 educators and offered in partnership between Poetry in America and Harvard University.

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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lesson plans

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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
lesson plan
Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week from our

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
I had no doubt that Henry would read his poems that afternoon. He was ready...
on teaching poetry
Poet Timothy Yu makes a case for including poetry in the teaching of Asian
on teaching poetry
Poetry's work is not simply the recording of inner or outer perception; it