I Am Poems
The "I Am Poem" is an easy way to encourage children to expresses themselves.
The "I Am Poem" is essentially a series of prompts for your young writer to fill-in-the-blank. The poem does not need to rhyme. It only needs to be an honest reflection of your young learner at this point in time. So you can complete an "I Am Poem" again and again.
There are many versions of the "I Am Poem" available. A few of our favorites are linked at the end of the directions.
To complete this writing craft you will need:
A blue or black pen.
One sheet of loose-leaf paper
Two sheets of 8-1/2" x 11" printer paper
One sheet of 12" x 9" construction paper (optional)
Identify an "I Am Poem" template. If you have access to a printer, print out the template on a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" white printer paper. If not, have your young learner copy the sentence prompts onto a sheet of loose-leaf paper.
Give your young learner time to think through the sentence prompts and complete the prompts. Encourage your young learner to be descriptive and specific in the words used.
Use the pencil and ruler to create a 1" margin on all four sides of an unused sheet of the 8-1/2" x 11" white printer paper.
Ask your young learner to use a pen to copy over the lines of the "I Am Poem" onto the sheet of white printer paper used in Step 3. Be sure to stay within the 1" margin created in Step 3 and encourage your young learner to use his or her best penmanship.
Use the colored pencils/crayons/markers to add a decorative border within the 1" margin created in Step 3.
Glue the completed and decorated "I Am Poem" to the sheet of 12" x 9" construction paper.
Display the "I Am Poem" on your young learners' door or post it on the refrigerator.
Suggested "I Am Poem" Templates:
Aloha Camp "I Am From Poem" changed the prompts to focus on the people, places, and things that shape us.
Greeley-Evans School District "I Am Poem" provides an example of the impact of a detailed description.
The National Gallery of Art "I Am Poem" loosely connects the written arts to an artist's self-portrait.
Read Write Think "I Am Poem" includes a sample poem and the sentence prompts.