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Three Poems for Veterans Day

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Now’s a good time to reflect on patriotism

The student council at my high school is planning a Veterans Day Assembly (an outside, drive-thru assembly of sorts) for the upcoming holiday on Thursday, November 11. One of the members popped into my room and suggested that students write patriotic poems that could be read at the assembly.

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And, you know what? This school year is zooming by so quickly, I honestly hadn’t given Veterans Day any thought yet.

So… WOW! Don’t you love it when students give you an idea???

I thanked this awesome stu-co member for the idea, and got busy planning a Veterans Day assignment for my new poetry class instead.

Those poems are due on this upcoming Tuesday and I can’t wait to read them.

As for my students, I know that being told to write a patriotic poem out of the blue might cause some of them to draw a complete blank.

I would draw a blank, too. I get it.

So I consulted the Poetry Machine at Creative Communication to adapt a few ideas to give my students some inspiration.

I use the word “adapt” because the Creative Communication websites primarily serves elementary and middle school students and teachers. Many of the poetry forms and examples are definitely NOT high school-level. Still, I did find three poem forms that, while brief, should still help me accomplish my goal: to give my students a poetic nudge to celebrate Veterans Day this year.

Here are the three poem ideas I adapted for my students:

The List Poem

The Hold On Poem

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The Holiday Poem

To purchase this $2 handout that contains all three of these poem ideas, download it from my Tpt store. Please let me know how it works for you and feel free to leave any feedback about the assignment or this handout either here on my Contact page or on TpT.

Let’s not get so distracted…

…that we overlook the importance of Veterans Day. Now more than ever, we need to focus on national unity. Writing a Veterans Day poem will be an effective way to do that.

Have a great week!


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