Helpful Teaching Tools!
For librarians, teachers, group leaders—here are some teaching tools that will make it easier for you to plan your programs:
Smart Fun Poets Coloring Book
Our Take Your Poet to Work Day coloring book is made for grownups who appreciate a little smart fun. But you can borrow it for your classroom or library. We’re pretty sure the grownups will share.
Absolutely *the* most fun poetry infographics you’ll find anywhere. From sonnets to pantoums, haiku to odes. With a little Pride & Prejudice slipped in on the side.
Our daily poem delivery is just $5.99 a year. Includes themed material—useful in building unit studies, syllabi, library activities, or a focus for your writing group. (Recent themes include: Haiku, Rain Poems, Dragons and Creatures, Mirror Mirror, Rock ‘n Roll, Pantoums)
The Poetry Writing “How To” Trio
Teachers absolutely love these books, and they’re saying so!
How to Read a Poem (Based on the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”), by NEA fellow and published poet Tania Runyan.
How to Read a Poem offers delightful advice on how to explore poetry for enjoyment and meaning. Uses images like the mouse, the hive, the switch (from the Billy Collins poem)—to guide readers into new ways of understanding poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology included.
How to Write a Poem (Based on the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”), also by Tania Runyan.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“Clear, concise treatment of the craft elements of poetry, ” says MFA Director Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.
“A classroom must-have, ” says Maryland middle school teacher Callie Feyen.
How to Write a College Application Essay
Check out our College Application Essay series, by expert tutor Tania Runyan, who has helped thousands of students write successful college application essays!
Poets and Poems
We feature a variety of articles on contemporary and historical poets. We also have a wonderful collection of poems—from haiku, sonnets, and villanelles to sestinas, pantoums, Twitter poems and more. Teachers love to link to our poet articles and poem collections, since they also include beautiful photography or fun art.
Coloring Page Poems
From Robert Frost to William Blake, Wallace Stevens to Edgar Allan Poe and more, we’ve got a delightful collection of poetry coloring pages. Great for stress relief, in or out of the classroom.
We have a variety of topics available that include resources such as prompts, articles, playlists, and infographics! Don’t see what you want? Ask us. We’re happy to create topics that are helpful for your teaching needs.
Favorite Poetry Libraries
5 Great Ways to Arrange a Poetry Unit
From focusing on form, to focusing on theme, to exploring the elements that make great poetry work, to writing poetry, here are 5 Great ways to arrange a poetry unit.