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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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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on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
Teacher Benjamin Gott shares his experience teaching the poetry assignment: the
on teaching poetry
“Sassy baby.”“Moneys dream monkey dreams.”“The fire is lit and the house is
on teaching poetry
An Introduction to Langston Hughes