Quick Links: Teaching Poetry

When it comes to teaching poetry, lesson plans have to be catered to the demographic you are aiming to teach. While we can’t create a syllabus for every type of student, we can provide resources that can help you introduce or further deepen your students’ understanding of poetry.

Important:
Accessibility Guide– created by Poetry Out Loud on ensuring accessibility in lesson plans.

General:
General poetry resources from the Poetry Foundation– includes resources on online courses, single-poet archives, teacher-specific resources, and more.

Form/Writing:
Readwritethink– poetry lesson plans and web resources for students and teachers, organized around IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts.

Making (and Breaking) a Poem– essay on line breaks and spacing (great for helping performance poets pay more attention to form on paper)

Genius.com– fan-written annotations on literary choices made in popular songs. Great for connecting literary devices to mediums outside of poetry.

101 Poetry Prompts– exactly what it is.

Examples:
Hanif Abdurraqib’s published work– includes poems, interviews, and essays that relate to pop culture and healing.

Youth Speaks– the nation’s leading presenter of spoken word arts and education. Highlights poems written and performed by youth.

SlamFind and Write About Now– archive of poems and spoken word performances.

Poetry Rx– column by the Paris Review in which readers write in with a specific emotion, and our resident poets—Sarah Kay, Kaveh Akbar, and Claire Schwartz—take turns prescribing the perfect poems to match.

Audio:
The Poetry Gods– podcast hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez. Interviews and stories about the people behind the poems, and includes writing advice from each poet.

VS Podcast– podcast hosted by Danez Smith and Franny Choi where poets confront the ideas that move them.

For more poetry guides, check out our other writing resources!

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