At the beginning of the year, I always use several examples of a poem that encourages students to use juicy words to describe themselves focusing on a theme. This template for poems could also be used as a Mother's/ Father's poem, future occupation aspirations, personal identity, or writing as character in reading to increase understanding of character traits. As a way to share, we read them aloud poetry slam style.
Examples are given of student and teacher poems. I use these to demonstrate and spark conversation of ideas, focusing on word choice, and looking at theme.