I Am Poem for High School Creative Writing FREEBIE

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Looking for an easy back-to-school or getting-to-know-your activity? Are you introducing poetry to your students? Even if you're just looking for a way to break up your regular routine without sacrificing rigor and teaching time, this FREE "I Am" Poem Activity will be a great addition to your teaching calendar!

This is a complete lesson--lesson plan, handout, and PowerPoint slideshow--for teaching and guiding high school students through writing an I Am poem. This is a simple poem, perfect for building confidence in young writers and giving students who "don't know what to write about" a place to start.

The slideshow introduces two literary terms (line and stanza), which are reviewed in the worksheet. The slideshow also provides an EDITABLE slide for you to add in your own I am poem--a great way to build relationships with your students and show them that is ok to share writing out loud.

This is great as a back-to-school or getting to know you activity, but is designed as an introductory lesson for a larger creative writing course.

My Self Poem Mentor Text Study for High School: The Poetry of Elizabeth Acevedo resource is designed as a follow-up lesson to this one.

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Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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