Students experiment with writing about themselves in the third person. (Note: This is based on the book of poems She Just Wants by Beverly Rollwagen.)
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Explore identity and purpose through narrative
3 to 50
45 - 60 minutes
Students listen to the poem “Employed” by Beverly Rollwagen. They write for 10 minutes without lifting pens — or lifting fingers from keyboard — beginning with the words “She just wants . . .” (substituting the appropriate pronoun for themselves). Students share in small or large groups. Facilitator leads a discussing, asking about the effect of writing in the third person about oneself.