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.
The following activities and questions are designed to help your students use their noticing skills to move through the poem and develop their thinking about its meaning with confidence, using what they’ve noticed as evidence for their interpretations. Read more about the framework upon which these activities are based.
More Context for Teachers
“I must write, I must speak up, because there’s been too many people who’ve been kept from that opportunity…. In the Declaration of Independence to Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, poetry has always been the thread that is weaving throughout the fabric of American and global history.” In this interview on TODAY in 2018, Amanda Gorman shares why she came to poetry, what it means to her to be the first youth poet laureate, and more.