This is Oregon! Our third grade students are completely engaged learning about their state and then applying state facts to a poem. This activity is great for fourth and fifth graders too. Students can write poems on a state of their choice.
We use the poem "This is Indiana" by Rebecca Kai Dotlich as a model for students' poems. Her poem is published in a book titled My America A Poetry Atlas of the United States selected by Lee Bennet Hopkins illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Students are reading, writing, collaborating and learning.
The students use the resource Get Oregonized to read and collect facts. Teachers can use any informational text. Students can use social studies book, state books or internet resources to gather facts. We simplified the research process by assigning table groups one area or chapter to research and take notes. Students could choose an area that interests them.
The poem has sentence frames for students to fill in facts. Students used free verse. We encourage students to walk around and read other table group facts about Oregon so they have multiple ideas to use while writing. As students revise their poem, we closely reread “This is Indiana” highlighting descriptive language. As a class, it helps students to brainstorm a list of descriptive words to use in their poem. Many students thought of their own.
This is Indiana Poem
Sentence Frames for an Oregon Poem
Sentence Frames for any state Poem