Inspired by the success of our popular syndicated series Poem-a-Day, we're pleased to present Teach This Poem, winner of the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize given by the National Book Foundation. 

Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom. The series is produced with the guidance of our Educator in Residence, Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, and is available for free via email.

Read a short essay that more fully describes the framework upon which Teach This Poem is based.

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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.

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A Note for Teachers: In this last installment of Teach This Poem for the academic year, we share a poem to send you and your students off to a summer of growth and reflection. Experience this poem with a simple reflection which you can ask your students to share. Of course, feel free to add some activities of your own.

Read Joy Harjo’s poem twice in a choral manner, with a different student reading each small stanza until you have included the whole class and finished the poem. Spend five minutes in quiet written reflection after both readings are complete.

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