I use this activity for the first week of school. I play the video clip from Dead Poets Society where Robin Williams reads from Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Then, I give students the opportunity to explain the metaphor. What is the powerful play? What is a verse? I give an assignment for the next class to create a verse for the school year. I share my example, and then students share their verses out loud during the next class. This is a great way to break the ice, and to show that we are a classroom community where everyone has something to contribute.