- Practice narrative writing
- Develop vocabulary
- Participate in group discussions
Copies of Come Visit student activity sheet
Step 1. Ask students what they like about their communities. Also ask if they’ve visited or lived in any other places in the United States that they like.
Step 2. Explain to students that they are going to write poems about their favorite place in the United States.
Step 3. Distribute the activity sheet and read the directions and question prompts to the class. Students should answer each prompt to help them generate ideas to use in their poems.
Step 4. Emphasize to students that the goal of the poem is to make their favorite place sound spectacular so that others will want to visit. This means using lots of descriptive words and phrases.
Step 5. Review similes with students. A simile is a phrase that compares two things that are different using the words “like” or “as.” For example: wise as an owl, gentle as a lamb, and clouds like cotton. Remind students that saying “I like clouds” is a statement, not a simile, since it is not a comparison.
Step 6. After they complete the prompts, students should write their poems on separate sheets of paper in a style of their choice. Provide students with word or line counts if necessary.
Step 7. Once done, invite students to share their poems. They might also draw pictures to showcase their favorite places.