Jump-start your poetry unit with George Ella Lyon's "Where I'm From" poem. This can be used as a great introductory tool at the beginning of the year to assess student writing as well as a "get to know you" activity. The document includes a detailed unit plan (including Common Core standard alignments), a short calendar on how you could pace it in your classes, handouts and copies (including the poem, sample poems, planning pages, and a template that can be used as a SPED modification). $6
I am poem. This is a neat project that students can use to practice poetry and creative expression. Each line prompts students what to write about, but they get to choose the style and content. Students could then share with the class. OR students can make a poem about one of the main characters in the novel.