The Academy of American Poets is inviting students in grades five through twelve to be a part of Dear Poet for National Poetry Month. To participate, students watch a series of exclusive videos that feature award-winning poets, members of the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, sharing their poems. They then write a letter responding to one of the poems. Students who send their letters to the Academy of American Poets by April 30, 2015, (Poem in Your Pocket Day) have a chance to receive a reply from the poet and to have their letter featured on the Poets.org.
For teachers interested in offering the project as a classroom activity, we've developed a free Common Core-aligned Dear Poet lesson plan.