Online Class:

Bringing Joy into Teaching Poetry

In this course you will gain comfort with teaching poetry analysis and writing in your classroom. Using meaningful contemporary and classic poems, you will understand how to break them down and guide students into writing their own poems. This course will help you to discover the joy in teaching poetry!

For 2-12 Teachers

This class is offered for 3 or 5 Quarter Credits

For 3 Credits you will complete 7 assignments

For 5 Credits you will complete 9 assignments

Required Textbooks:

For the 3 credit option, select the text that fits your interests and your grade level.

For the 5 credit option, both texts are required:

Text Structures from Poetry: Lesson to Help Students Analyze, and Create Poems They Will Remember by Gretchen Bernabei and Laura Van Prooyen

Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Register Anytime! You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below. Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card.

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework.

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace. Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1: Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525

Option 2: 3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690

Option 3: 5 Quarter Credit (100 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $715

+ $275 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $990

Student Testimonials:

This course opened my eyes to many different ways that I can integrate poetry into my district's structured curriculum. I never realized how poetry can reinforce so many different subjects and skills. These books and lessons have given me confidence to teach poetry to my students throughout the year and across many subjects. Thank you for expanding my knowledge and comfort zone with poetry!

TINT Student

As always, TINT makes it incredibly easy for me to work at my own pace. The feedback is timely and always reflective of the personal work I’ve completed. It never feels canned or rushed. I don’t usually find texts to be worth using after a class. I appreciate that the books we were required to purchase for this course will be used time and time again as I expand poetry writing with my students.

[The] the activities you had me complete made it really easy to actually enjoy the process. Never once did I dread opening the texts and going through the assignments

TINT Student