Students create a biographical poem using individual personality traits, emotions, and actions and share with the class.

Objectives

  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to identify and communicate personal traits and characteristics.
  2. Affective: Students will develop positive self-concept about unique traits, recognizing and accepting the diversity of peers.

Materials

Journals, writing utensils

Teacher Prep

Prepare a Bio Poem to share with students as an example.

Exercises

Time Activity Notes
1 min
  • Explain that creating and sharing a bio poem is an activity that allows students to choose characteristics that are part of their identity and share them with the class.
  • This is an opportunity to express oneself and learn more about the class community.
Remind students that each poem will be different.
15 min
  • Guiding them line by line, walk students through the creation of their poem:

Line 1: Your first name

Line 2: Four words that describe you

Line 3: Relative of…

Line 4: Loves…

Line 5: Who feels…

Line 6: Who needs…

Line 7: Who gives…

Line 8: Who fears…

Line 9: Who would like to see…

Line 10: Resident of…

Line 11: Your last name

Collect student bio poems to hang within the classroom.

Optional: As a follow-up activity, ask students to read their poems aloud or to decorate their bio poems before they are displayed.

Have line prompts and suggestions visible to all students on a worksheet or a board in front of the class.

Reinforce students’ feelings of worth and uniqueness by celebrating individual differences.

9 min
  • Wrap up the activity by highlighting that identifying and sharing what makes each individual unique can increase self-understanding and build a safe and comfortable community.
Remind students that these poems are a snapshot in time, likely to change over time.

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged?

Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Assist students in brainstorming their personal characteristics.
  • Remind students that they will be asked to share their poems.
  • Encourage students to be respectful, open, and reserve judgment.

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