Rewriting “America” by Walt Whitman.

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Learning Targets:

  • I can create a narrative in a poem using strong word choice, descriptive details, and imagery to convey experiences and events.
  • Create an impact with my poem; readers can experience the desired reaction or emotional response to my poem.
  • Enhance the meaning and impact of my poem with powerful visual elements, such as backgrounds, images, font choices, colors, and so on.

Channel your inner Uncle Walt to rewrite the poem, line by line, mimicking Whitman’s voice, style, and form — but from  a different point of view from the Civil War Era, from your National History Day topic, or from a contemporary point of view.

Pay special attention to voice and word choice; capture your chosen perspective through the voice and word choice.

Compose your rough draft on loose-leaf. Your rough draft must make it through Doc’s “Ack!” “Boring!” and “I hate it!” stamps before it can be considered a final draft. When you have a final draft, type it up on GoogleDocs and submit it on GoogleClassroom.

Additionally, create an 8.5 x 11” poster for your poem, as you did for your found poem in “The Fiery Trial.” We will hang these posters on our lockers.

Check the learning targets. Make sure your work is hitting the targets. Please follow all instructions given.


Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young

         or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law

         and Love,

A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,

Chair’d in the adamant of Time.


The GoogleDoc of this assignment is on GoogleClassroom.