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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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June in the Classroom

This June, celebrate Pride Month in the classroom with this selection of poems from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers past and present. Also, take a look at this lesson plan featuring Adrienne Rich’s iconic poem “Diving into the Wreck.”

Discover poems for graduation and about growing up and moving forward.

Read and share these poems about summer and warm weather.

For Gwendolyn Brooks’s centennial on June 7, celebrate her life and work with this selection of poems, audio, essays, and other resources. Also, take a look at this lesson plan featuring her poem “The Bean-Eaters.”

Find poems to share for Father’s Day on June 18.

Finally, thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this year’s Dear Poet project! We received over 2,000 letters this year, far more than ever before, and we were so impressed by the close personal connections students drew with the poems. Take a look at a selection of letters and the Chancellors’ responses.


New Education Videos Featuring Richard Blanco

In these two new education videos, Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, Educator in Residence Mady Holzer, and Harvard Professor Lisa New discuss Blanco’s poem “Looking for the Gulf Motel” and how to teach it in the classroom.
"Memory and Longing: 'Looking for the Gulf Motel' by Richard Blanco"

"Poetry and Pedagogy with the American Academy of Poets"

These videos were produced for Poetry in America for Teachers, a professional development course designed for K-12 educators and offered in partnership between Poetry in America and Harvard University.

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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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