Tools for Teachers

PEN has multimedia, lesson plans, and resources for teachers to bring today's literature to the classroom.


Readers & Writers aims to inspire both adults and children to read more regularly and more critically, and to encourage them to explore writers from various cultures and regions. Each year the program sends 60 authors and their books to literacy programs, community centers, schools, and other sites nationwide, reaching out to Americans who can read but may not have a relationship with literature. Click here to find workshops, events, and panels open to the public.


PEN's archives host a wealth of material. Click on the links below to view assembled lesson plans.

  1. Face Off! Overcoming Barriers
  2. Author Profiles