If I Were In Charge of the World Poem (Free Template)

Are you looking for one last (easy to implement) writing project for the school year? This poem makes a wonderful cover for a writing portfolio and is guaranteed to make every parent smile. It is surely a keeper!

First, I start by reading and analyzing the poem “If I Were in Charge of the World” by Judith Viorst together with my students (link follows). Then, I have my students use a similar format to write their own poems about being in charge of the world. I have included a free template below.

The final results are always priceless. To top it off, I like to take a photograph of each child and then overlay it with the words from his or her poem. I put my poems together in PowerPoint, and it is very easy to insert the photo and then format the picture. The image below shows how I make the picture “grayscale” and then set the transparency to 50%. This softens the picture and makes it look more like a background. Most editing software will have these features. I just love looking into the eyes of each child while reading their words. As the saying goes, “From the mouths of babes!” 

Here is a link to the poem by Judith Viorst, along with a free writing template that your students can use to make their own “In Charge of the World” poems.

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1 Comment

  1. Sharon Fabian
    May 24, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    Great idea- your sample came out so nice, and the template looks really easy for kids to use.

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