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A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

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A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

Grades 11 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts


National Council of Teachers of English


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Debra Navratil

July 09, 2011

I did the poem with freshmen and sophomores and they liked that, but the letter/poem to themselves was difficult for many. The idea of writing to themselves in 5 or 10 years, seemed almost impossible. It might be the group of mostly sheltered/remedial students I was working with, but most could simply not imagine what they would be doing in 5 years. They couldn't even commit to a job/school/family/military. For a select few, however, it was a really exciting writing assignment, and their letters were funny, touching, and revealing. Many of *those* kids counted it as one of their favorite writing assignments of the year during their portfolio conference at the end of the year.


Isabel Toro

January 10, 2010

I love this activity. I used it with my 10th graders and never imagined they would be so excited about it. Now, I did a little something. I took a photograph of each class and told them that besides their poem, I would also include a copy of their class photo. I cried reading their inspirational poems! Even those that are not great writers did an excellent job. They were really focused on their future.
Thank you very much for sharing.



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