The Academy of American Poets presents poetry lesson plans, most of which align with Common Core State Standards, and all of which have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination. We hope they will inspire the educators in our community to bring even more poems into your classrooms!

Lesson Plans for the 2020 Election

Lesson Plans about COVID-19

Culminating Activity: 

In these lessons, students...

Lesson Plans Celebrating Black Poets

This mini-unit highlights Black poets who have had profoundly influenced American...

Lesson Plans for Native American Heritage Month

The following lesson plans feature poems from the rich tradition of Native American poetry

Lesson Plans by Theme

Find poetry lesson plans organized by theme, occasion, and class subject, including lesson plans...

Lesson Plans about Politics

The following lesson plans feature poems and activities related to politics, America, the...

Lesson Plans on Poems Written by Black Poets

Celebrate Black poets by brining their work into the classroom. The following lesson plans span...

Lesson Plans about Social Justice

The following lesson plans feature poems exploring the themes of social justice, identity, and human...

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