Every National Poetry Month we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets, including poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors and who have received our Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships.
Teachers, you can assign your students to participate in Dear Poet from home with this truncated lesson plan:
1. Watch one of the videos below
2. Write the poet a letter in response to their reading—ask the poet questions about the poem, their voice as a writer, and what the poem made you think about.
Make sure to include the following: your name, the name of the poet to whom you’ve written, your grade level, and your school and teacher's name (when applicable).
3. Send your letter by email to [email protected], or by post to the Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038, by April 30, 2020.
We will consider all letters for publication on Poets.org after National Poetry Month, and the participating poets will reply to select letters of their choosing.