At the end of every year, I teach poetry. I have tried to teach it at the beginning of the year, but students and I are still wary of each other. Thus, I don't get unfettered results. At the end of the year, we have both loosened up and that makes for prime ground from which poetry can take flight.
One poem that I always have them do is the "Where I'm From" poem. It's a format poem, but I permit them to take creative licence with it. The results are 'eye-opening'. The benefits are two-fold: they learn that they can write poetry and also learn about the roots in each of them. I learn more about my students and get a rare glimpse into their family life. I am always amazed at the outcome and all that I learn from it.
Here are five samples. I hope you enjoy them.
31 Days of Writing