Curriculum and Resources: Poetry Foundation

October 17 is Black Poetry Day. Poetry Foundation offers a bounty of poems, lesson plans, essays, and more to teach students the fundamentals of African American poetry, and poetry in general.
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

Photo by Poetry Foundation

Celebrate Black Poetry Day with Poetry Foundation


October 17 is Black Poetry Day. Poetry Foundation, in partnership with Furious Flower Foundation at James Madison University, Dr. Maya Angelou, and the Target Corporation, have created Dream in Color, a rich, comprehensive curriculum to teach the essentials of African American poetry—and poetry in general.





Dream in Color

Dream in Color offers stand-alone lessons, discussion guides, and other classroom tools for elementary, middle school, and high school grades that will introduce poems by African American poets to your students, and invite them to try out or fine tune their poet voices. EXPLORE


Learning Lab

What a wonderful introduction that welcomes you to Poetry Foundation’s Learning Lab, “Begin in delight, end in wisdom.” Each featured core poem is accompanied by discussion questions, writing ideas, and teaching tips. DISCOVER

Poetry Out Loud

Imagine your students taking the stage, passionately reciting poetry by heart and with heart. In 2006, Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) created the Poetry Out Loud contest as a way to get young people to learn great poetry. Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom level and ultimately ends up at the National Finals.  VISIT


Poetry Foundation Bio

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. Explore Poetry Foundation here


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