In this lesson, your students will practice writing about places important to them through poetry. By the time they are done, students will have become better writers and taken a walk down memory lane!
Students will be able to recall information from personal experiences and organize it in the form of poetry.
Call students together near where a map of the United States is posted.
Have students identify where Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are located.
Tell students that this region is called New England.
Show students A New England Scrapbook. Explain to students that the author has written poems about things that are unique and special to New England.
Read the first two pages, which explain what the author believes New England is.
Next, read the students a few selected poems from the book, such as “New England is Maple Syrup,” “New England is Lobster,” “New England is Thanksgiving,” “New England is Cranberries,” “New England is Lighthouses,” or “New England is Four Seasons.”
Discuss with students that these are all things that are unique to New England. Explain that when people think about New England, these are the things they identify with it.