What is an i am Poem and how can it be used in the Classroom

‘I am’ poems are great icebreakers in classrooms in the beginning of the year that help children use thinking skills to focus on who they are as a person and also to show the class who they are in a unique way.

‘I am’ poems do not have to create a rhyme scheme, all they have to do is tell the story of a person. You don’t have to have great vocabulary skills, but you have to be able to express who you are within them. They help children create vivid imaginations also.

Each ‘I am’ poem has three verses, each consisting of six statements. Essentially ‘about me’ statements to create the poem.

The first two words of each line are already given then usually provided in parenthesis there are hints to help children think of something to put. This makes each ‘I am’ poem unique and strays from having children copy each other.

Format of an ‘I am’ poem:

I am (two special characteristics)
I wonder (something you are actually curious about)
I hear (an imaginary sound)
I see (an imaginary sight)
I want (an actual desire)
I am (the first line of the poem restated)

I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that really bothers you)
I cry (something that makes you very sad)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

I understand (something you know is true)
I say (something you believe in)
I dream (something you actually dream about)
I try (something you really make an effort about)
I hope (something you actually hope for)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

‘I am’ poems are great to get classroom interaction. Not only teacher to student, but student to student.

-In just a regular classroom setting, ‘I am’ poems are important because the instructor can learn from each student and get to know them on an individual basis.

-‘I am’ poems are not limited to use in English classrooms but also in foreign language classrooms. It gives a great way for students to learn the language. It makes a great oral presentation, also, so the teacher can hear what the student wrote and correct them on the pronunciation of the foreign language.

-‘I am’ poems are also great in speech communication classrooms, because it gives students one topic to focus on and introduce themselves in front of the classroom describing who they are as a person.

‘I am’ poems are a great way to start off on the right foot with everyone in a classroom, no matter what the classroom setting may be.