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March 2017

Celebrating Women's History Month with Poetry


This month, and year-round, we're celebrating the women poets who have helped shape American poetry. Read and share a selection of poems for the occasion with your students:


"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

"We never know how high we are (1176)" by Emily

"Making History" by Marilyn Nelson

"Diving into the Wreck" by Adrienne Rich

"The Buttonhook" by Mary Jo Salter

"from Fast Speaking Woman" by Anne Waldman


For more ways to observe Women's History Month, browse this collection of poems, essays, books, lesson plans, multimedia resources, and ephemera.

Lesson Plan: "Complicated Identities"


This lesson plan introduces students to Adrienne Rich's iconic poem "Diving into the Wreck" and incorporates vocabulary and poetic terms from Edward Hirsch's A Poet's Glossary.


For more opportunities to celebrate Women's History Month in the classroom, browse this collection of lesson plans.


Poetry in the Classroom Calendar

Poetry in the Classroom Calendar

For Pi Day: "Infinite Recess"

For Pi Day: “Infinite Recess”

For St. Patrick's Day: "Poetry of Ireland"

For St. Patrick’s Day: “Poetry of Ireland”

Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration


This March, poetry organizations across the country are presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration as part of the Poetry Coalition's inaugural effort, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.


Bring the conversation into your classroom with this collection of lesson plans about immigration and this selection of related poems for kids, and spread the word on Twitter with #WeComeFromEverything.


How do you teach poetry in the classroom?


We want to hear how you teach poetry in the classroom. Email us a short description (one or two paragraphs) of your favorite poetry lesson or activity, and we'll consider including it in a special feature on during National Poetry Month.

April is National Poetry Month


As April quickly approaches, invite your students to write letters to award-winning poets through the Dear Poet Project, save the date for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27, and sign up for a free copy of this year's National Poetry Month poster.


Then, introduce the poster to your students with a new lesson plan featuring poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Li-Young Lee, and Naomi Shihab Nye, among others.

Alberto Ríos

Dear Poet Project 2017


Watch Alberto Ríos recite his poem "Refugio's Hair" as part of Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets.


Poems for the Beginning of Spring


Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox on March 20, and we've gathered this selection of poems for the change of season, including "Cherry blossoms" by Toi Derricotte and "A Blessing" by James Wright.


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