Most of us are familiar with “I Am” poems; poems that students write to tell their story, which include things that they like or are important to them.
Have you ever wondered what an historical figure might have to say in their own “I Am” poem? This activity will guide your students in creating “I Am” poems for people whose lives and experiences help tell the story of our country’s Civil Rights Movement. Your kids will love this creative writing activity!
Here's what's included in this packet:
Letter of Introduction
Suggestions for Use
“I Am Medgar Evers” example poem
“I Am” poems – (purpose and instructions handout)
Master list of name choices
Set of bookmarks with name choices
Research/brainstorming graphic organizer
“I Am” poems student writing pages (blank and lined for teacher’s or student’s choice)
Classroom wall or hallway display header
This activity is an EXCELLENT way to incorporate Common Core literacy standards into your content specific lessons!
Need more resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement? Check out these products:
The Civil Rights Movement Through the Eyes of a Place (History and Geography)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Subway Art
Content Vocabulary Word Wall for Martin's Big Words (Picture Book)
A Complete Teaching Guide for Martin's Big Words (Picture Book)
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