Who Am I? Identity Poems

People, Identity & Culture
Elementary School Students Group Standing


Grade Level:
Elementary School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Writing, Language
People, Identity & Culture

Using Poetry to Teach about Identity

Reading and writing poetry can provide an opening for young people to explore the various aspects of their identity, including their name, race and ethnicity, physical characteristics and more.

April is National Poetry Month, a good opportunity to explore poetry with your students. Because poetry does not require strict sentence structure or the usual grammar rules and conventions, young children are often open to and interested in experimenting with poems.

About the Lesson Plan

This lesson provides an opportunity for children to learn more about poetry, understand the role of metaphors and comparisons in poetry and reflect on aspects of their identity in order to write an acrostic poem about themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn how to write a simple poem using interesting words.
  • Students will understand the role of comparison and metaphor in constructing poetry.
  • Students will reflect on identity poems they read aloud.
  • Students will reflect on different parts of their identity in order to develop an acrostic poem about themselves.
  • Students will increase their understanding of personal and cultural identity.

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