Students will work to create their own version of a “Where I’m From” poem using George Ella Lyon’s poem of the same name. This is an excellent first week of school activity to help you get to know your students! It can also be used during a poetry unit of study, or as a stand alone unit for exploring the power of place.
Included in the ZIP file:
Assignment Overview and Poem Process Checklist:
The one page Assignment Overview gives a detailed set of directions and requirements for the poem. This is a great overview that can be used to introduce the project.
The Poem Process Checklist is great for ensuring students complete the process, from brainstorming, revision, and final draft production. Students can check off each step they complete to monitor their progress.
Brainstorming Activity Worksheet
This two page worksheet includes 11 questions and prompts to help spark students exploration of their identity. This is a great way to start gathering ideas that could be used to complete their “Where I’m From” poem.
“Where I’m From” Poem Template
Students can use the template to write your own “Where I’m From” poem by using the responses to the brainstorming questions and prompts.
Final Poem Rubric
A 5 category, 20 point rubric that will assess students on:
Gallery Walk Handout
A simple handout to use after the final products have been completed. Students display their work around the classroom, and then partake in a Gallery Walk, reading the work that their classmates produced. Students can use this handout to record their thinking. Students are asked to identify the poet and poem, and record any connections, similarities, or reactions that they have to the poem. This is a great Graphic Organizer for students to use to gather ideas that can spark a class discussion after the Gallery Walk.
Literary Device Powerpoint
A Powerpoint presentation that includes 15 literary devices with definitions and examples that can be used during the drafting process to introduce or reinforce literary devices that students can use in their final draft of their “Where I’m From” poem. (The “Where I’m From” project assignment asks that students include AT LEAST three different literary devices in their poem).