YA Round Table

YA Round Table

Virtual Wordplay is a presentation of St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. This event is in partnership with Ryan Reads (a program of Ryan Companies).

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Additional Resources

Keep reading & writing at home with these fun and engaging worksheets and creative prompts!

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Write an "I Am" Poem to Explore History

Deborah Wiles writes books about historical events and eras, imagining characters in order to bring these stories to live. Try it yourself to bring your history lessons alive: Think of a historical moment or event, something you've learned about in social studies class. Now, imagine what it would be like to be there. Who are you? How did you get there? What are your feelings and reactions to this historical moment? Use this poem template, courtesy of 826, to create a character and set the scene:

I am

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

I pretend (something you 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)