"I Am From" poetry is one of my personal favorite lessons to use each year. What I love is you can use this with any book – with a whole class novel, book group books, or their own independent novels. It works in any situation!
Included is everything you need to do this in your own class: an instruction and pacing guide with notes for the lessons, a directions sheet and rubric, reflection questions, exemplars and brainstorming sheet for students.
I use this lesson and assessment specifically to help students with character analysis. They have do a lot of background work to learn about their character before they can effectively craft their poem, which is so important to analyzing what really makes a character tick. This assignment could be a standalone, or lead into more in-depth character analysis work. I used it this year as a first deep dive into the text before we began our work analyzing for theme.