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A Conversation with US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
This Giant Classroom That Is America

Celebrating Marilyn Singer
A Poet of Many Interests

An Interview with US Poet Laureate Charles Wright
Charles Wright: "Ground Zero" for Poetry


April 2017

National Poetry Month
Start planning your National Poetry Month celebration today!
  • Follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.

Twitter Chats

The Art and Joy of Poetry, hosted by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (@amylvpoemfarm).

What Is the Role of Poetry in Literacy Learning?
with guest hosts Janet Wong (@janetwongauthor) & Mary Lee Hahn (@MaryLeeHahn).  See this blog post from Janet and Mary Lee.

Valuing Poetry in the Common Core Era with guest hosts Paul Hankins (@PaulWHankins) and Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz)


2017 NCTE Notable Poetry Books
Here are 16 outstanding poetry collections to offer children and teens—not just this month, but throughout the year and across the curriculum. Use these books, and create connections with books from previous Notable Lists (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) to create even more poetry joy!


2017 Notable Verse Novels


ReadWriteThink.orgPoetry Lesson Plans
These classroom-tested lesson plans from ReadWriteThink provide ready resources for teachers working with students from kindergarten to high school.


Poetry Tournament
Create a basketball tournament-pairing chart using poetry and determine a final winner by reading the poems. Learn about conducting a tournament, selecting poems and view examples from other educators. Start planning your Poetry Tournament today!


NCTE Journals

 Poetry Themed Journals


NCTE Books

360 Degrees of TextIn 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.

Listen to a podcast interview with the author and read the sample chapter to learn more about poetry as a means into academic writing.

Learn more with these ReadWriteThink poetry lesson plans from the author.

Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing ExercisesIn Getting the Knack, authors Stephen Dunning and William Stafford offer 20 exercises covering different types or phases of poetry writing. The authors' humor and nonacademic style will appeal to experienced and novice poets of all ages. 

Read the chapter on "Found & Headline Poems."

William Stafford’s son Kim Stafford shares memories of his father’s life and work and talks about his own journey to becoming a poet and educator in this Council Chronicle article “His Poetry Was a Way of Teaching.”

Visit the NCTE Online Store for more poetry books!


NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children

The NCTE Poetry Award was established to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13.

Marilyn Nelson is the 2017 Poetry Award winner!

View more videos and learn about the winning poets!









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