In this lesson, we’ll look at a book of poems based on William Carlos Williams’s “This Is Just to Say”. Then students get to write their own apology poems. Great for Poetry Month â€“ or any time, really.
Grade levels: 2-8 â€“ I know that’s a really wide range, but seriously, older kids think this is hilarious and the poems they write are amazing. I’ve also done this as an all-ages library program.
Resources:Â Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It, Gail CarsonÂ Levine; apology poem templateÂ (.doc)
Read selections fromÂ Forgive Me (Levine)
Ask student volunteers to read some selections. What do they have in common? Have you ever given a “false apology” â€“ said sorry when you didn’t really mean it?
Read the original apology poem: “This Is Just to Say” (Williams)
Read some examples of student apology poetry (http://www.foodiebibliophile.com/2012/04/forgive-me-i-meant-to-do-it-false.html)
Students will write false apology poems â€“ they may use the template or write the poem in their own format. They can also illustrate them!