materials for teachers

Since Robert Frost encouraged our founder Marie Bullock to "get poetry into the high schools" in the 1960s, we've been assisting teachers in bringing poetry into the classroom. Here you'll find award-winning educational resources including Teach This Poem, a glossary of poetry termsessays about teaching, and lesson plans, which have been reviewed by our educator in residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination.

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National Poetry Month in the Classroom

Happy National Poetry Month! Here are some ways to join the celebration:

  • Introduce this year’s National Poetry Month poster, designed by a high school student for the first time ever.
  • Invite your students to participate in the Dear Poet Project by writing letters in response to videos of our award-winning Chancellors reading their work. We will consider all letters for publication on Poets.org beginning in May 2019, and our Chancellors will reply to select letters of their choosing.
  • Take a look at these poems about reading and writing and these lesson plans about ars poeticas.
  • Save the date for this year's Poem in Your Pocket Day. On April 18, people across North America will carry poems to share with others throughout the day. Download a packet of poems for the occasion and learn how to bring Poem in Your Pocket Day to schools, bookstores, libraries, public spaces, and on Twitter (with the hashtag #pocketpoem).
  • Share your activities with us on social media with the hashtags #NationalPoetryMonth and #pocketpoem.

For National Library Week, read poems celebrating libraries, librarians, and books.

For Earth Day on April 22, browse these poems about nature and these lesson plans about the environment.

April

Poetry in the Classroom Calendar

Take a look at our updated 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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Teach This Poem is a weekly series featuring a poem from our online poetry
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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

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
First, I must tell you, I don’t teach for a living. I am one of those writers
on teaching poetry
An essay by poet Matthew Zapruder on the best way to read poetry: "I want what
on teaching poetry
This essay on poetry and science was originally published in the peer-reviewed