Engaging Students With the I AM Poem

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Dr. Mary Townsend  

See how I AM poems can be used to examine a concept, topic, artifact, historical period or figure, or fictional character in any curricular area from elementary to high school. Create an exemplar you can use in your curricular area to teach students how to create the I AM poem.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, Windows, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will be encouraged to download the playground resources in a Google Slides presentation. This presentation will focus on Google Slides, but is tool and device agnostic.
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will create an exemplar they can use in their curricular area to teach students how to create the I AM poem.


Introduction and overview.
Sample poems will be shared with attendees.
Attendees will be encouraged to explore options within their own curricular area.
A template will be shared with attendees so that they can use this with their students in Google Slides.

Supporting research

Five Reasons to use Poetry in the Classroom.

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ISTE Certified Educator

I am a high school social studies teacher and digital peer coach from Minnesota. I have a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in educational technology.

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