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 Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month in February—and the rich tradition of African American poetry...

Lesson Plans about COVID-19

Culminating Activity: 

In these lessons, students...

Lesson Plans Featuring Primary Sources

The following lesson plans published in 2020 feature primary sources from the

Lesson Plans Celebrating Black Poets

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

Lesson Plans for Spring

Celebrate warmer weather, the departure of winter, and the beginning of spring with these lesson...

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 Family

The following lesson plans feature poems poems exploring many different kinds of family...

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