Since Robert Frost encouraged our founder Marie Bullock to “get poetry into the high schools” in the 1960s, we’ve been assisting teachers in bringing poetry into the classroom. Here, you’ll find poetry lesson plans, poems for kids and for teens, essays about teaching, a calendar of teaching resources for the school year, a glossary of poetry terms, and more. Our lesson plans, most of which are aligned with the Common Core, have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination. 

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Lesson Plans for Black History Month

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

Black History Month: Poems for Kids

The following poems celebrate Black History Month with poets like Jericho Brown, Kwame Dawes, and more.

Lesson Plans for Valentine’s Day

The following lesson plans for Valentine’s Day feature poems about love and relationships.

Valentine’s Day: Poems for Kids

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the following classic and contemporary poems about love, heart, and friendship, are appropriate for young people.

Lesson Plans about Love

Bring poems into the classroom for Valentine's Day and year-round with the following lesson plans

Lesson Plans by Theme

Find poetry lesson plans organized by theme, occasion, and class subject, including lesson plans featuring poems about social justice, the environment, and many other topics.

Lesson Plans

407 Lesson Plans

Teach This Poem: “Haiku [for you]” by Sonia Sanchez

Teach This Poem, though developed with a classroom in mind, can be easily adapted for remote learning, hybrid learning models, or in-pe

Teach This Poem: "Solace" by Clarissa Scott Delany

Teach This Poem, though developed with a classroom in mind, can be easily adapted for remote learning, hybrid learning models, or in-pe

Teach This Poem: “Gratitude List” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Teach This Poem, though developed with a classroom in mind, can be easily adapted for remote learning, hybrid learning models, or in-pe

Teach This Poem: “This Morning, This First Poem” by Afaa Michael Weaver

Teach This Poem, though developed with a classroom in mind, can be easily adapted for remote learning, hybrid learning models, or in-pe