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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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December in the Classroom

This holiday season, browse Poets.org's selections of poems celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s Day.

For Human Rights Day on December 10, facilitate classroom discussions with this selection of poems about social justice.

In celebration of Emily Dickinson’s birthday, also on December 10, browse Poets.org’s Emily Dickinson Reader, which includes poems, essays, and other educational resources around her life and poetry.

For December 21, the first day of winter, consider teaching the lesson plan From Light to Dark and Back, which features poems about winter by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Robert Hayden, and Mark Strand.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from Poets.org!

December

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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Written by Dawn Jacobs Martin and Daryl Grabarek
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Submitted by Madeleine Fuchs Holzer

on teaching poetry

on teaching poetry
There are, I think, two very different dynamics involved in the making of a
on teaching poetry
The word “gimmick” has derogatory connotations. It often suggests something
on teaching poetry
First, I must tell you, I don’t teach for a living. I am one of those writers