Grades 3–5

Poetry Is My Power

Exploring Poetry Fostering Creativity Building Confidence

Encourage your students to explore poetry as a means
of expression with Poetry Is My Power, a new ELA program
for classrooms from Scholastic and American Girl®.

Express Yourself Student Contest

3 Grand Prize Winners: When classrooms share their poems, students and teachers could win big!

STUDENT PRIZE$400 Scholastic Gift CardORAmerican Girl Gabriela CollectionTEACHER PRIZE$100 Amex Gift Card
Contest Closed

Classroom Resources

Inspired by Gabriela McBride, American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year, Poetry Is My Power offers lessons and worksheets that support higher learning standards and engage students in an examination of the fundamental elements of poems.

Poster Teaching GuidePoetry as a Means of
DIGITAL LESSON & Worksheet 1Common Poetic Devices
DIGITAL LESSON & Worksheet 2Interpreting Meaning

Students can discover more about poetry by reading Gabriela by Teresa E. Harris. Learn more at

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Void where prohibited. The Express Yourself Poetry Contest (the “Contest”) is open to students in grades 3–5 who are enrolled in public schools, accredited private schools, or home schools in compliance with the laws of the students’ primary state of residence (“Schools”) and who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (hereinafter referred to as “Student” or “Students”). Entries must be submitted on behalf of the students by teachers of any grade from 3 to 5, who currently teach in public schools, accredited private schools, or home schools in compliance with the laws of their primary state of residence, or parents or legal guardians. Start: 12:01 a.m. ET on 3/1/17; deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/30/17. Read Official Rules.