Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writing Poetry: "I Am From"

Introduction to 'I Am From' Poems  Now that we have finished our poetry unit in which we read and analyzed the poems of others, it's time to write our own. Since this will be the first attempt for some of us at writing poetry, I thought it would be a good idea for us all to use a similar format that is scaffolded and accessible. Today we will begin writing "I Am From" poems.

A poem by George Ella Lyon called "Where I’m From" is the inspiration for this activity. In her poem Lyon uses descriptive language and sensory details to tell the story of the everyday things, people, and places that together tell the story of where she comes from. You can read her poem here and watch the video version below. 

The poem lends itself to imitation and many have tried, including students. Check out some of the student examples below. 

By Evelyn from Lakeview Middle School

Writing Your Own "I Am From" Poem  Now it's your turn to write a poem that illustrates where you are from. The "I Am From" Poem template can be found in your Language Arts folders. If you're having trouble getting started and would like an opportunity to brainstorm ideas before drafting your poem, try using the "I Am From" Pre-Write document, which can also be found in your Language Arts folders. 

As you move forward in the writing process and begin to improve and revise your poem, consider adding more sensory details. A handy list of sensory details can be found here. Ultimately, we will be publishing our "I Am From" poems to Kidblog.  

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Work on your "I Am From" poem. (3.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: He was shocked to find . . . story, which we will publish on Friday, November 21. (3.) Consider buying a book or two form Scholastic. Orders are due by Friday, November 21