I’m Nobody – Poetry Analysis and Writing


Build your students’ poetry analysis and writing skills with this amazing poem “I’m Nobody.”

Your students will read, paraphrase, analyze and discuss “I’m Nobody” by Emily Dickinson.

Then, they’ll write their own “I’m Somebody” poems.  Empower and celebrate your students while building critical reading skills.

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Poetry analysis and writing is easy with Emily Dickinson’s poem “I’m Nobody.” Perfect for sharpening close-reading and literary analysis skills. But even better than that is knowing your students will connect with the poem, discuss it, and then write their own “I’m Somebody” poems.

What a perfect poem to share with our middle and high school students!

They can relate to this poem as easily as adults. Who hasn’t felt like an outsider or “uncool” — and to think this poem was written over 150 years ago!

What teachers are saying about this resource:

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  • “LOVED this lesson! Easily broke down the poetic elements for students who struggle when interpreting poetry. Thank you!”
  • “I got a lot of mileage out of the questions on this resource and the students’ answers prompted a lot of meaningful discussion.”
  • “I love the variation of activities! The rigor was perfect!”

What you’ll get:

  • Print & Digital versions
  • the poem (in the public domain)
  • paraphrasing & vocabulary chart
  • analysis questions
  • figurative language analysis — simile and imagery
  • structure analysis
  • discussion questions
  • poetry writing graphic organizers
  • poem “recipe” to guide them through writing their “I’m Somebody” poem
  • complete answer key (including a sample “I’m Somebody” poem)

Reasons to love this:

  • ready to teach! Print & digital — perfect for any teaching format!
  • so accessible to students! They will “get” this poem!
  • perfect for your sub tub (even though you’ll want to teach it yourself!)
  • pairs beautifully with other poems for National Poetry Month or any other time of year!
  • features a beautifully crafted poem that is timeless, clever, and … funny!
  • And best of all — your students will be writing an “I’m Somebody” poem affirming their value and talents ♥

If your students “don’t like” poetry or struggle with understanding it, try this poem!

I’m so excited for you to teach this poem!

This resource is going to save you so much time!!

Please see the preview for all the goodies.

Need a bit more help?  These two posts will help:

This post will guide you through the whole process of teaching poetry.

You can teach poetry all year!  Find out how here.

I’m so excited for you to teach this poem, and I cannot wait to hear from you!

Got questions? I’ve got answers — just send me a message (marypat @ justaddstudents. com) and I’ll get right back to you!

Happiness always,



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