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Read Poems and Lesson Plans for Valentine's Day, Black History Month, & More

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February 2017

Celebrating Valentine's Day with Poetry


This February, read poems about love and friendship and share them with your students:


"Your Catfish Friend" by Richard Brautigan
"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Resignation" by Nikki Giovanni
"This Morning I Pray for My Enemies" by Joy Harjo
"The Awakening" by James Weldon Johnson
"To a Friend who sent me some Roses" by John Keats
"Having a Coke with You" by Frank O'Hara
"Red Brocade" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Lesson Plan: "Love as a Two-Way Street"


This lesson plan for Valentine's Day features poems by one of poetry's most famous couples, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, alongside classroom activities and a writing exercise.


Also, browse this selection of poems for kids about love.


Resources for Black History Month


Take a look at the lesson plan "The African American Experience," which was developed in collaboration with the poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths and a group of  public school teachers. This lesson plan focuses on Toi Derricotte's poem "The Weakness" as well as poems by Elizabeth Alexander, Langston Hughes, and Yusef Komunyakaa, among others.


For more ways to celebrate Black History Month with poetry, take a look at this collection of lesson plans and this selection of poems, audio poems, essays, and archival letters


Lesson Plans about Immigration

Lesson Plans about Immigration

Friendship Poems for Kids

Friendship Poems for Kids

A Reading Guide to Langston Hughes

A Reading Guide to Langston Hughes

Presidents' Day & World Day of Social Justice


This year, February 20 is both President's Day and the World Day of Social Justice. Read a selection of Abraham Lincoln's favorite poems and browse a list of poems about social justice.


Essay: "Poetic Sensibility: What It Is and Why We Need It in 21st Century Education"


In this new essay, Educator in Residence Madeleine Fuchs Holzer discusses the importance of fostering poetic sensibility in students, and she shares methods and classroom activities to help them engage deeply with poetry. Read more.

Plan Ahead for National Poetry Month 2017


As April quickly approaches, sign up to receive your free National Poetry Month poster, watch videos of our chancellors reading their work in this year's Dear Poet Project, and save the date for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27.


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