Students will express their water story as an individual poem.
Students will express their water story as a whole group poem.
Common Core English Langauge Arts Standards: apply poems to
*(grades 6-12) Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Range of Text Types
*(grades K-5) Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Range of Text Types
*(grades 2-5) Speaking and Listening. Create audio recordings of poems
Briefly journal notes on what you saw and what you remember from your water field trip (or other studies and interaction of water source).
Discuss as a class.
Post reflective questions.
Remind students that a poem’s traits may include the following: personal voice, thoughtful word choice, rhythm, rhyme, structure terms (line, verse, stanza)
- Choose from a variety of poem styles such as pantoum, limerick, haiku, free write, etc. The teacher could also choose an existing publishing poem to model class poem after (follow format of “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon).
Students write personal poems on experiences with water.
Peer and adult edit personal narrative drafts.
Write a final copy of a personal poem.
For a group poem, teacher facilitates discussion for students to share something unique that you think no one else wrote from step 1. Project on board to see ideas develop. Using google docs is another option to work on writing a group document. Discuss how to turn into group poem
Illustrate your poem. Find photographs that coincide with the poem
- Create audio recordings of the poems. (grade 2-5 speaking and listening standard)
(following format of “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon).
I’m From Toledo, OH, USA
I’m from a neighborhood that rages with pool parties all summer long,
the strong smell of chlorine that engulfed my backyard,
the cold hose water against my skin,
the endless water balloon fights with my friends,
and the burning sensation of water getting up my nose.
I’m from a close family,
fishing all day with my little cousins,
spending an exciting day at the water-park with my grandparents,
hearing my dad screaming at me from the shower with no hot water left,
my extremely extraordinary family brings joy into my life.
I’m from a city that hasn’t always had drinkable water.
Toxins poisoned Toledo’s water,
the stores were swarmed,
bottled water was essential,
and the lack of knowing the end of this grasped us in fear.
I’m from a state that is near the Great Lakes,
the home state of Lake Erie,
the lakes that are a prime resource of fresh water
where travelers are wanting to visit,
and the summer that are used for swimming.
I’m from a country where freedom isn’t free,
the home of soldiers overseas,
I’m from America.
By: McKenzie Suydam, Grade 11, Wildwood Environmental Academy, Maumee, OH USA