For our next installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator and AmeriCorps member Dana Deradoorian. Through this series, teachers periodically share their classroom successes on the CLE blog. Here, in honor of upcoming National Poetry Month, Ms. Deradoorian explains how she helped her high schoolers discover that poetry is not something entirely abstract and unknowable. In this lesson, students not only gain an appreciation for poetry in its many different forms, but they also begin to see how poetry is relevant and connected to their everyday lived experience. Enjoy!