First Day of School

On the first day of school, get to know your class members, and encourage friendship with a poetry lesson that uses adjectives. Scholars brainstorm personality traits, draft an "I Am" poem composed of words that describe them, then share their final draft on a webpage. Early finishers complete a self-portrait. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Display finished products at Open House 
  • Create a poem for yourself, share your final draft with the class as an example and a way for them to get to know you 
  • Revisit the lesson on the last day of school, give pupils their first poem and discuss and similarities and differences they see 
Classroom Considerations
  • If a webpage is unavailable for posting, share poems person-to-person using a cooperative learning activity such as Mix, Pair, Share 
Pros
  • The lesson boosts peer interaction
  • A list of objectives shed light on learners' knowledge of grammar and writing skills 
Cons
  • None