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Lesson 9

Listing Your Life: decomposing who you really are

 Subject Area: English Language Arts (poetry)

Grade level: 6-7

Time: One lessons, One day

Students: All students



  1. “A Kick in the Head” by Paul B. Janeczko
  2. Loose-leaf paper
  3. Pencils and Pens
  4. Chart paper with Markers



  1. Students will have a good understanding of different types of poems
  2. Students will learn about themselves and realize that everyone is different; everyone has a different self identity.
  3. Students will create a ‘list poem’ of their favorite things.



  1. Gather students in the back of the class and have them sit on the floor. Ask students about the different types of poems they know about.
  2. After hearing some of their responses, tell them that you will read to them several different poems in different forms from the book “A Kick in the Head”.
  3. After reading the poems, tell the students that it is important to write about what you know. Tell the students that they know themselves best and writing about them will be an easy task.
  4. Read to the students the list poem on pg.51 in “A Kick in the Head’. Tell students that you want them to write out a poem which will be all about them.
  5. Write out, on the chart paper, Favorite: Colour, music, food, person, drink, place, and feeling.
  6. Tell the students that they will have to answer those 7 questions and make their answers into a poem.
  7. They will start every line of the poem by writing “I am” and then complete the sentence with something about them. Complete the poem with their name in the format “I am (name)”.
  8. Allow the students to go back to their desks and work on their poems for about 20-25 minutes.
  9. When they are done, they will re-group in the back of the class and volunteers can share their work with the rest of the class.
  10. End the lesson by having a closing discussion on individuality. There are many types of poems, just like there are many different people. Everyone might have one or two things in common, but it is the differences that make us unique. 

    Here’s an example from a 4th grader’s poem:


Students who show difficulty in writing can draw out their words rather than writing them down. Rather than completing 7 favorite things, students can write more or less depending on their writing ability. Have the students come up with their own list of ‘favorites’ rather than giving them a template.



The students will be assessed on their participation and attentiveness during the group discussion. Co-operation with others in the class and respect towards others when speaking will be evaluated as well. Also, the content of their poem should be written in the proper format of a list poem.

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