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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December in the Classroom

This holiday season, browse a selection of kid-friendly poems celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s Day, and check out all of the poems for Christmas and for Chanukah on

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

In celebration of Emily Dickinson’s birthday, also on December 10, browse our 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.

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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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