Academy of American Poets x SUMMERTIME

November 8, 2021

Our feature film, SUMMERTIME, made an appearance on this month's Academy of American Poet's Education Newsletter! In this article teacher's will be exposed to not only the film but the powerful lesson plans that accompany it. Get Lit’s SUMMERTIME Lesson Plans mirror the film's mission to amplify student voice and highlight the power of personal narrative. 

These lessons respond to the immediate needs of the classroom today. With so many students disconnected from school and community the SUMMERTIME curriculum, which uses Get Lit’s Uni(verse) a new online global poetry community and the power of spoken word, will allow students to reconnect, discuss mental health issues and share their stories while focusing on literacy, social emotional learning, cultural relevance and responsiveness. 

These free project-based lesson plans rooted in voice and choice, have six options to choose from, depending on time and materials and can be taught alongside the SUMMERTIME’S full film or with clips available on Uni(verse). The lessons include modifications for students with special needs, English Learners (EL) and Gifted and Talented Students (GATE). 

While each option differs, they all use Get Lit’s model where students claim a poem from SUMMERTIME and write and publish their own spoken word response. On Uni(verse) students can read and respond to their peers’ poems whether in their class or across the world. They can also score and offer feedback to other poets, bringing the power of workshop, community and artistic dialogue to their fingers, for free.

To access our Free Lessons plans visit: