materials for teachers

Since we launched our website in 1996, we've been providing resources to teachers to help them bring poetry to the classroom. Here you will find a wealth of information, including essays about teaching poetry; a roundup of relevant websites; and curriculum units and lesson plans for teaching poetry at the primary, secondary, and university level.

Our lesson plans for primary and secondary levels are aligned with Common Core Standards, each of which have been prepared by a curriculum specialist concerned with developing skills of perception and imagination. We hope they will inspire the educators in our community to bring even more poems into your classrooms!

 

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lesson plans

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These lessons focus on poems about light and darkness:There's a certain Slant
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The following lesson plan was written by Daphne Gottlieb for Don't Forget to
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Welcome to the classroom component of this year’s National Poetry Month’s

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The focal point of the school, organizationally and mood-wise, is the principal
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The word “gimmick” has derogatory connotations. It often suggests something
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Giraffes, how did they make Carmen? Well, you see, Carmen ate the prettiest