“I Am” Poems

Middle schoolers express themselves with a series of activities focused on revealing their identities. After discussing their hopes for their future selves, class members work on I Am poems about their own personality traits, and draft an identity statement about their school as a whole.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to decorate the final drafts of their poems and to participate in a gallery walk in the classroom
  • Present the school version of the poem to the administration, and include a reading or engraving of the poem at a school assembly or building dedication
Classroom Considerations

  • The third part of a four-lesson unit
  • Concept posters are in color; consider printing once and laminating
Pros

  • Provides several examples of I Am poems for learners to model their writing
  • Promotes collaboration in the establishment of a positive school community
Cons

  • None