Poetry Writing! I Am What I Am Poetry Quilt Writing poetry is one way to show individuality. What do you know about the students in your English classes? What do they know about each other? Use this poetry writing activity for community building in your classroom! You will create a class community while students write “I Am What I Am” poems. First, students will choose one of the seven quilt square designs and make it their own through their artwork. Colored pencil designs work best.