Are you tired of the same old “I Am” poems? If yes, then try something new: get to know your students and engage them with this Inspired Writing lesson! This is a great activity for your return Back To School
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.
In this lesson, students read poems from classic American authors and then write poems about themselves. To begin, they read poems including Langston Hughes’s “I, Too,” Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing,” and Barbara Kingsolver’s “Naming Myself.” If desired, here is a separate lesson for the poetry reading:
American Voices Through Poetry
After reading the poems, they respond to creative writing prompts which require them to ‘”think outside the box.” Finally, 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. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
Enjoy this lesson as a freebie; it includes activity hand-outs and a sample student poem. Want an ENHANCED version of this lesson? Here is a version with handouts to guide students through the writing process, a rubric, and more student samples:
ENHANCED Identity Poem Lesson
Want to engage your auditory and visual learners? Here are lessons for 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