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All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Rita Dove
William Carlos Williams
Ann Sexton
Dylan Thomas
Langston Hughes
Robert Frost
Robert Lowell
Walt Whitman
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Emily Dickinson
Ideas for celebrating . . .

National Poetry Month (April)

National Poetry Month provides educators with an opportunity to include poetry in the curriculum and encourage students to explore and appreciate the achievement of American poets.'s National Poetry Month page offers ideas to help students develop a love of verse.

General Poetry Resources

The following websites have loads of background resources on poets and poems.

Poetry Reading Lists has two poetry-themed booklists for struggling and reluctant readers.

In the Classroom

  • Want a comprehensive list of poets, their poetry, and accompanying lesson plans? Check out the resources at WebEnglishTeacher.
  • Scholastic offers a comprehensive range of poetry resources, including units on poetry slams, a glossary of poetic terms, printable poetry prompts, booklists, and videos with prominent poets.
  • Visit the Poetry Learning Lab for articles, essays, annotated poems, related study guides, writing ideas, and teaching tips.
  • Poetry isn't just for English Language Arts classes. The Favorite Poem Project has organized their poems to support content-area teachers in History & Social Studies, Visual Arts, even foreign languages.
  • Make poetry a part of your classroom all year long. Participate in Billy Collins's Poetry 180 project and get a poem every day to share with your students.
  • Looking for a thematic approach to teaching poetry? offers ideas for incorporating poetry units that feature women poets, verse about war, poetry as social commentary, and more.
  • Use literary devices like simile, metaphor, and imagery, in this creative lesson on riddle poems.
  • With poetry, every word counts. This ReadWriteThink minilesson explores what makes a poem a poem and asks students to create their own one-sentence poems.
  • Watch poets read their poetry — a different poet and poem each day!

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