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August 2017

Back to School with Poetry


Celebrate the beginning of another academic year by reading and sharing these poems about school:

"Calculations" by Brenda Cárdenas
"Workshop" by Billy Collins
"Girl Sleuth" by Brenda Hillman
"Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes
"1905" by Marilyn Nelson
"Before I Was a Gazan" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"The Hand" by Mary Ruefle
"Sick" by Shel Silverstein

Browse more poems about school, including poems for math class, science  class, social studies, and more.



Poetry in the Classroom Calendar


Feature poetry in the classroom year-round with the help of this free, downloadable calendar, which offers poems, lesson plans, and other resources related to specific days, months, and seasons.


Essay: How to Read a Poem

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A Poet's Glossary

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

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Best Practices for Finding Poems Online


Lesson Plans for Back to School


Help your students become confident and thoughtful readers of poetry with the lesson plans in this collection, which are especially suited to introducing students to poetry.


A Teacher's Guide to


With a special introduction by Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, this brief video guide for teachers highlights the many educational resources available on


Dear Poet Project 2017


This year's Dear Poet project brought in more letters than ever before—over 2,000! To celebrate the hard work of all the students and teachers who participated, we're featuring additional letters throughout the summer. 


Poems for Teachers


These four anthologies, originally featured in Teach This Poem, offer selections of poems curated around specific themes. Take a look, then learn how to create your own:


For more resources and activities designed to help teach poetry in a meaningful way, sign up for our weekly series Teach This Poem.


Get the Online Poetry in the Classroom Calendar