Phillis Wheatley Lesson Plans

There are so many wonderful ways you can study Phillis Wheatley’s life!  Our top recommendation is simply to read her poetry and learn about her life!  Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

For the free downloads to go with our Philllis Wheatley letter go here!

Phillis Wheatley Free Downloads

Don't have the letter yet?  You can grab the snail mail letter here by purchasing our current month's letter or subscribing to Heritage Letter anytime before March 14, 2021.

For All Ages


“To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” performed by Alayna Vernon

Excerpt from “His Excellency General Washington” performed by Amaya Tucker

Here’s an interview with playwright, Dr. Amanda Kemp about her views on Phillis Wheatley…it’s a great listen for parents and older students


Your Story Hour’s Exciting Events: Volume 8 “A Girl Called Phillis”

Stuff You Missed in History Class: Phillis Wheatley


Boston Women’s Memorial to see the statue of Phillis Wheatley by artist, Meredith Bergmann


Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley

The Poems of Phillis Wheatley with Letters and a Memoir by Phillis Wheatley


Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley by Ana Malaspina


One Week with Phillis Wheatley

There are more than enough poems in our free downloads for our Phillis Wheatley letter to read one poem written by Phillis each day for a week.  That alone is a beautiful way to spend one week with her, but if you're looking for more activities here's what we recommend (all of the poems and activities recommended below can be found in our free downloads here):

Day 1: Learn about Phillis Wheatley

  • Read the Heritage Letter from Phillis Wheatley
  • Read the poems "Hymn to the Morning" and "Hymn to the Evening"

Day 2: Learn more about Phillis Wheatley

  • Read a biography about Phillis Wheatley
  • Read “His Excellency General Washington” by Phillis Wheatley

Day 3: Learn more about Phillis Wheatley

  • Read “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” by Phillis Wheatley
  • Bonus: Listen to a podcast about Phillis Wheatley:

Day 4: Virtual Tour of the Phillis Wheatley Statue

  • Read “Liberty and Peace” by Phillis Wheatley

Day 5: A Little More about Phillis

  • Complete the Phillis Wheatley Pamphlet using all you’ve learned this week.
  • Read “On Imagination” by Phillis Wheatley


Phillis Wheatley Poem Collection

 Sources for Further Study:

Letter from Phillis Wheatley to David Wooster, October 18,1773

Letter from Phillis Wheatley to Obour Tanner, March 21, 1774

National Portrait Gallery: Phillis Wheatley: Her Life, Poetry, and Legacy by Stephanie Sheridan

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail: Phillis Wheatley

Poetry Foundation: Phillis Wheatley

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