Dear Poet: A Unit Plan for National Poetry Month
Students explore poems by historical and contemporary poets through discussions of voice and writing letters to poets.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Welcome to the classroom component of the Academy of American Poets 2015 National Poetry Month education project, Dear Poet. The following unit incorporates multimedia and classroom activities to encourage students to explore and interact with poetry by first writing letters to important historical poets as practice for writing letters to the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, a group that represents poetry in America at its best.
While this unit may be most appropriate for middle and high school students, it can be easily adapted for younger students as well. You can use the activities one right after the other, or separate them, as you integrate poetry with other areas of study throughout National Poetry Month. The activities are designed to reach diverse learners through multiple entry points and can be easily adapted further for your particular students.
Aligned with the Common Core Standards, these activities address the three literacy areas of Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 2: Writing to a Historical Poet
Lesson 3: Reading Poems by the Academy Chancellors
Lesson 4: Writing to the Chancellors
Literature Common Core Standards Addressed in These Activities
Reading, Craft and Structure:
Writing, Production and Distribution of Writing:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4 and 5
Speaking and Listening, Comprehension and Collaboration: