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.
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.
“Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community" is a series of lesson plans we’ve developed in partnership with EDSITEment, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Featuring poetry by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, and others, these poetry lessons plans aim to demonstrate and enhance the role of the humanities in public life.