The I Am Poem


This is a poem that can be used to describe any character, setting, idea or concept fond in literature from language arts, social studies, science, math, and art. The possibilities where you can use it with your class are endless... It can have as many or as few stanzas as you wish. It is a wonderful way to teach about nouns, verbs, and adjectives. You can change the nouns and verbs you use to fit your lesson. I ask the children to use two adjectives in each line if possible. First be sure to model one poem the class does together on the board or on chart paper.

Before I start this activity I always review what a noun is, what a verb is, and what an adjetive is. Then we brainstorm ach of them. While the children are responding with answers, I am writing words on 3" x 5" post it notes to put them up on our Noun Verb Adjective Word Wall. I use Post It notes because children can take them down and use them at their desks for writing. We have three different word walls up in our room permanently so that the children are learning there are diferent ways and places you can look for help in spelling words.

The I Am Poem

I am (Two special characteristics the person or thing has)
I wonder (something the person or thing could actually be curious about)
I hear (an imaginary or actual sound)
I see (an imaginary or actual sight)
I want (a desire)
I am (the first line of the poem is repeated)


I pretend (something the person or thing could actually pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about the imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that could really bother the person or thing)
I cry (something that could make the person or thing sad)
I am (the first line of the poem is repeated)


I understand (something the person or thing knows to be true)
I say (something the person or thing believes in)
I dream (something the person or thing could actually dream about)
I try (something the person or thing could make an effort to do)
I hope (something the person or thing could hope for)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)