Since the launch of Poets.org, the Academy of American Poets has been dedicated to providing resources to help educators bring poetry into the classroom. For teachers who want to engage their students with the art of poetry, here are activities, reading guides, and articles about reading, writing, and teaching poetry. If you want to keep up to date with our educational content and programming, sign up for our Educator Newsletter.
A collaboration between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative and the University of Michigan Press that is working to develop a comprehensive archive of American poetry prior to 1920.
The Community-Word Project is a not-for-profit New York City-based arts-in-education literacy program.
Favorite Poem Project
A program developed by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, features video of Americans reciting their favorite poems. Also offers teaching ideas from instructors who have incorporated the program into their classrooms.
Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program
Information on the Dodge Poetry Program, geared towards helping high school teachers bring poetry to the classroom, as well as information on the biennieal Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.
Glossary of Poetic Terms
Extensive glossary from the University of Toronto covering a broad range of definitions and examples.
Modern American Poetry
A site offering information on modern American poets and poems, including close readings of poems, biographical information on poets, historical background, essays, and more.
A vast site that houses author, title, and subject indexes, biographies, photographs, and more.
Representative Poetry Online
University of Toronto's English Department website. Includes a large, searchable database of poets and poems, an extensive poetic terms glossary, as well as various critical essays.
SUNY Buffalo's Electronic Poetry Center
Showcases poems integrating technology; these poems include graphics, hyperlinks within text, and innovative uses of other contemporary technologies. A good source for ideas on how to integrate technology into your poetry curriculum.
Classroom Poetry Kit
HarperCollins Children's Books presents a Classroom Poetry Kit with curriculum-focused teaching materials that are based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein and are geared to children of all ages.
The Close Reading of Poetry
Designed for high school and college freshmen, this informative guide "walks" students through the process of closely reading a poem while asking questions and providing key definitions.
EdSITEment Literature and Language Arts
Offers lesson plans and an extensive list of links to other high quality education websites.
Alaska State Council on the Arts
Teachers may apply for matching funds grants for a writer residency.
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Teachers may apply for a matching grant for two- to four-week writer residencies.
California Poets in the Schools
A writers-in-the-schools program that provides workshops taught by published poets to rural and urban communities.
Delaware Division of the Arts
A literature residency can be obtained via a Project Support or Opportunity grant.
District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Writers residencies can be organized by applying for The Arts Education Project Grant.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Writer and artist residencies can be arranged by contacting the Division of Cultural Affairs, located at bottom of page.
Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia's Artists-in-Education program will provide matching funds for up to $475 per week.
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Offers Creative Writing and other arts residencies.
Illinois Arts Council
Provides residencies lasting from one to six months through their Arts in Education program.
Iowa Arts Council
Kentucky Arts CouncilAwards from $2,325 to $5,760 for Literary Arts and other arts residencies.
Offers matching grants of up to $8000 for residencies and other education programs.
Offering a literary artist-in-residence program.
Offers the Arts in Education School Support grant program, a matching grant for artist residencies.
Minnesota's largest residency program.
Will provide up to two-thirds compensation for a Literary Arts residency.
Offers over $2000 through its Artists in Schools/Communities Residency Sponsor Grants.
Offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program for Literature.
Short-term residencies concentrate on prose, poetry, and playwriting with Council funds providing the artist's fee.
New York State Council on the Arts
Through its Arts in Education program, NYSCA offers support for partnerships between literary organizations and schools so that working poets can teach in the classroom.
Creator and pioneer of the Writers in the Classroom model, T&W is available to New York teachers.
Offers grants for up to 50% of a writer's residency fee.
Offering residencies in all of the arts.
Offering financial assistance for schools desiring an artist in residence.
Assists in facilitating artist residencies by creating regional partnerships.
Offering up to twelve residencies to Portland area schools.
Offers residency grants of up to 50% of artist's residency fee.
RISCA's current education program offers a Request for Proposals that will respond to artist residencies.
Offers "Residency-Plus" grants, providing for required artist resident labs, as well as additional class time, to be directed by the teacher.
Offering an artist-in-residence program.
Offering grants for artist residencies, teacher training and special projects.
A Texas-based program bringing writers to primarily at-risk, urban schools, but offering their services and various programs to most interested teachers.
Provides financial assistance to teachers seeking artist residencies.
Offers residency grants to bring writers and artists into the classroom.
Seattle Arts & Lectures offers long-term and day-long residencies.
Email the commission directly for a copy of the Arts in Education Artist Directory and Program Guide necessary to apply for up to 50% in financial assistance for an artist residency.
Offers three major arts in education grants: AIE Shortform, AIE Project, and Art is Essential. Artist residencies can be funded using these grants.
Voice of the Shuttle: Teaching Resources
An extensive list of teaching resources on the web listed by topic and including Literature. Also contains a special list of technology-related links.
The Frost Place
The Frost Place is host to a series of festivals and conferences. The website provides details for each of these events, including "The Conference on Poetry and Teaching." The website also provides particulars on visiting the Frost House Museum (Frost's farm) in New Hampshire.
Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
Information on the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival held in New Jersey. Information can also be found on the Dodge Poetry Program, geared towards helping high school teachers bring poetry to the classroom.
Key West Literary Seminar
The Seminar strives to preserve literary heritage by promoting dialogue among writers, scholars, and readers at its annual January seminar and through readings, writing workshops and literary walking tours throughout the year.
The National Council of Teachers of English
NCTE's convention page, housing information on upcoming seasonal and annual conventions.
Bread Loaf School of English
Four summer degree and nondegree graduate programs in English, held in four different locations around the country and abroad. These programs are attended primarily by middle and high school teachers of English.
The Frost Place
The Frost Place is host to a series of festivals and conferences. The website provides details for each of these events, including "The Conference on Poetry and Teaching." The website also provides particulars on visiting the Frost House museum (Frost's farm) in New Hampshire.
National Council of Teachers of English
The NTCE site offers responses to current education topics, teaching ideas, email lists, suggested publications and books (published by NCTE), and event notices.