If you like the FREEBIE Identity Poem
lesson but want an enhanced version, this is it! Besides the lesson plan, activity hand-outs, and sample poem from the freebie, this version includes a warm up for peer review (with key), peer review and proofreading handouts, a rubric, and additional sample student poems. This is a great way to get to know your students for back to school and to engage them with Inspired Writing!
With Inspired Writing, students use the texts they read as models for their own writing. Each lesson shows students the connections between the literature they read and the writing that they can do. This lesson provides students with inspiration from classic poems, and they imitate characteristics of the texts for their own authentic writing.
To start this lesson, students read poems from classic American authors, including Langston Hughes’s “I, Too,” Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing,” and Barbara Kingsolver’s “Naming Myself,” and then write poems about themselves. If desired, here is a detailed lesson for the poetry reading:
American Voices Through Poetry
After reading the poems, the students respond to creative writing prompts which require them to ‘”think outside the box.” Next, they use their pre-writing to author a poem about themselves as individuals, as members of the class, and as citizens of the United States. This lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards. Finally, with the additional handouts, they take the poems through the more of the writing process.
If you would like to meet the needs of your auditory and visual learners, here are separate lessons to engage them:
American Voices Through Art
American Voices Through Music
Or, you can save with a bundle and get ALL of the lessons from above in an entire three week unit here:
American Voices Through Poetry, Music & Art