Tuesdays with Morrie – Coach/Mentor Poem

In the fall of 2014, I completed over 50 clinical hours at Mason City High School with English Department Chair, Deadra Stanton. My experience consisted of taking control of her 10th grade English classes, teaching every Friday.

One of my first set of lessons was on the book, Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom.


I started with what I called the ‘Coach/Mentor Poem.’ Wanting to integrate creative writing into the curriculum, I thought I could have the students apply ideas and relationships from the story to their personal lives.

Students analyzed relationships in the story, then created two narrative poems about a mentor figure or coach figure in their personal lives.

Here is the original lesson plan: Coach/Mentor Poem Lesson Plan

In September 2015, I revisited this idea and lesson in my student teaching placement!
To read more about that experience, click here.


  1. Hi
    I love the exercises you are doing with your students.i too teach Tuesdays with Morrie to my students.Can you share more ideas on lesson plans that will constantly keep my students engaged in learning more.

    1. Yes! I’m working on gathering more ideas and lessons, especially since I’ll be student teaching this upcoming fall! Thanks for your feedback!

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