Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Announcing: New National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students

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August 2018

Back to School with Poetry


Start the school year with these poems celebrating new beginnings, personal growth, determination, and (of course) poetry:

"To make a prairie (1755)" by Emily Dickinson
"The Republic of Poetry" by Martín Espada
"Religious Instructions for Young Casualties" by
     Sandra María Esteves
"These Poems" by June Jordan
"From Blossoms" by Li-Young Lee
"Poetry" by Marianne Moore
"Famous" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand

Announcing the 2019 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students


This fall, the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye and designer Debbie Millman will judge the first-ever National Poetry Month poster contest, open to students in grades 9 through 12 in the United States. The winning design will be sent to 100,000 libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide, and the winning student will be featured on and will receive a $500 honorarium.


Submissions for the 2019 National Poetry Month poster contest will open on September 1, 2018. Stay tuned for contest guidelines and the deadline, which we'll announce later this month!

Lesson Plans for Introducing Poetry


The lesson plans in this collection are especially suited to introducing students to poetry and helping them become engaged and thoughtful readers.


170+ Lesson Plans for the New School Year


30 Essays on How to Teach Poetry


200+ Poems for Kids Organized by Subject


Poetry in the Classroom Calendar


Updated for the 2018–2019 school year, this free, downloadable calendar highlights poems, lesson plans, and other resources perfect for specific days and occasions.


Sign Up for the Improved Teach This Poem


In response to teacher feedback, on August 20, we'll be launching a new, improved version of our weekly Teach This Poem, featuring more related poems, helpful hints for teachers, and activities tailored to younger and older age groups.

A Teacher’s Guide to

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


How to Create an Anthology


Did you know that on you can create and save your own anthologies of poems to share with students? 


Dear Poet Letters


The final installment from the 2018 Dear Poet project features responses from David St. John as well as many additional student letters.



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