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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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January in the Classroom

To ring in 2017, browse a selection of poems celebrating New Year’s, as well as lists of poems for hope, happiness, and beginnings.

For National Bird Day on January 5, bring poetry into the classroom with these poems about birds, and explore this list of lesson plans on the subject.

On January 16 we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday meant to honor the life and dream of the powerful activist. Read a selection of poems for the occasion and browse a list of kid-friendly poems about social justice.

For Thesaurus Day on January 18, take a look at Word Karaoke, an activity-oriented lesson plan.

Finally, for National Handwriting Day on January 23, check out this archive of handwritten postcards and notes from classic and contemporary poets.

Wishing you and your students a Happy New Year!

January

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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Welcome to the classroom component of the 2016 National Poetry Month’s

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An essay by poet Matthew Zapruder on the best way to read poetry: "I want what
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The word “gimmick” has derogatory connotations. It often suggests something
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A guide to teaching a selection of poems by Emily Dickinson.