I am also confident. My unit plan is one that I am proud of and I think that it really captures a passion of mine, which is poetry. My freshman year at MSU, I took a poetry class and discovered that my love of writing poetry remained even after learning more about form, flow, rhyme, and other devices used to write poems. One poem in particular, a parody of a poem that discussed a small town, truly reflected my own feelings about where I grew up.
In fact, the genesis of my unit plan can be found in this poem that I wrote and the search that it led me on as a scoured Google searching for the original source poem that was used by our instructor. I never found the poem, but realized that I wanted my unit to make writing poetry personal and a means of connecting with place, so I entitled my unit Poetry of Place. I later learned, upon further searching, that this is an actual concept.
The second step in my journey was to find poems that deal with the idea of place and home and how this relates to an individual and how they form opinions of themselves. I wanted to focus on my students, their hometowns and favorite places, and how they could further connect and examine their lives using poetry.
The first book that I requested from the library was Terry Hermsen's Poetry of Place: Helping Students Write Their Worlds. Though I ultimately did not use his ideas directly in my unit, especially considering the time frame is only a three week period, I did read through the book and found some truly wonderful lesson and poetry ideas that I hope to implement in a larger unit on poetry of place.
For the most part, I have enjoyed working on my unit plan. I am nearly done, with only a few worksheets, my cover letter, and some beefing up of the actual activities on my lesson plan to complete. My students, during the course of this unit, will be able to read many kinds of poems from different cultures and will also be given the chance to write two poems of their own. I know that poetry can be difficult and many students may not enjoy our sojourn at first, but I hope that by making it personal and purposeful, students will be more receptive.