The Academy of American Poets: For Educators – Features a wide range of free poetry resources for educators including unit and lesson plan ideas as well as a discussion forum where teachers can share ideas.

ArtsEdge – A rich site featuring national standards-based curriculum, lessons and activities, this website also lists useful web links and an idea exchange for teachers of the visual and performing arts.

The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Online – This resource, designed for classroom teachers, credentialed arts teachers and teaching artists, offers curriculum maps and best practice teaching strategies for music, the visual arts, dance, theater and the literary arts.

EDSITEment: Literature and Language Arts Lessons – In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment is a resource for teachers, students and parents that lists high quality lesson plans and features interactive online student resources.

McREL: Lesson Plan Library – Language Arts – A searchable database of lesson plans and resources for teaching K-12 language arts which boasts an extensive collection of well-scaffolded and creative lesson plans.

Poetry Foundation  – The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence of poetry in American culture through the following efforts: events ranging from poetry readings to staged plays; digital programs including an award-winning website; media partnerships in print, radio, television, film and new media; awards and recognitions; and, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

Poetry Class – A British website dedicated to bringing more poetry into schools which offers a wealth of free online resources including links to lesson plans and links to other websites that are useful for teaching poetry and the literary arts.

ReadWriteThink – In partnership with the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, ReadWriteThink features lesson plans that teachers can use in the classroom, as well as interactive online tools that students can use to learn more about the literary arts.

Teacher Vision – A comprehensive collection of teaching guides, activities and lessons for teaching the literary arts. Lessons are conveniently organized by grade level and subject area.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative – A website where professional writers and educators can share lessons and best practices for teaching creative writing. T&W offers innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers and provides a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts.

Web English Teacher – A great resource for project-based learning lesson plans, this website highlights lesson plans for teaching the literary arts including English as a New Language Language (ENL), English as a Second Language (ESL) and theater.

Writers in Schools PEN / FaulknerWriters in Schools provides free copies of contemporary texts to students, provides teachers with high-quality teaching materials, and brings authors face-to-face with students in order to generate genuine excitement about literature.


California Poets in the Schools – Founded in 1964 and one of the nation’s largest literary arts in the schools programs, the CPITS website offers resources for students, teachers and advocates and includes sample lesson plans and a place to post and share student work.

Poetry Inside Out at The Center for the Art of Translation – The literary arts program by the Center for the Art of Translation offers workshops for educators as well as in school residencies. Poetry Inside Out publications are featured on the website and are great sources of inspiration.

WriteGirl – WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring program for teen girls. The WriteGirl website features information on workshops and publications that can be used for advocating for the importance of teaching the literary arts in schools.

SF Bay Area

Streetside Stories – Streetside Stories offers in school and after school programming in theater, storytelling and the visual and media arts. The organization’s website features student work, giving students a public channel to showcase their creativity.

River of Words at Saint Mary’s College of California – River of Words is a program of The Center for Environmental Literacy and is a part of the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. The website provides tools for teaching environmental literacy and an understanding of the natural world around us through the literary and visual arts. River of Words hosts an annual Poetry and Art contest for students age 5-19.

Mendocino County

Arts Council of Mendocino County – Founded in 2000, the Arts Council of Mendocino County supports many programs including but not limited to the Get Arts in the Schools Program (GASP) and the Mendocino County Arts Advocacy Coalition. The Arts Council’s website features an online Curriculum Resource Library and a directory of local artists and arts organizations.

Mendocino County Poets In The Schools – .Founded in 1964, the Mendocino County Poets in The Schools serves every high school in Mendocino County through putting poet teachers into the classroom. The organization’s webpage offers links to many useful websites that support the literary arts in schools.

UkiaHaiku Festival – An annual celebration dedicated to the art of haiku. The festival website contains links for submitting haikus to the festival (student poems are welcome!) as well as links about the haiku form of poetry.

Program Spotlight

Get Arts in the Schools Program

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2023.

Artist in the Spotlight

Event Spotlight


Photo by Lenny Gonzales

Kronos Quartet Performance

at Gualala Arts Center
September 24