This is lesson 1 in a 3 part poetry writing series.
Why Teach Poetry?
Introduction to Bio Poetry
Before diving in to teaching a specific style of poetry writing, I like to share poems from my favourite children’s poetry. I have collections of poetry on display from the authors Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Denis Lee, and many more. My absolute favourite children’s poem of all time is Alligator Pie. I learned it as a young girl and teach it to my class each year.
To start our lesson on bio poetry writing, I read a book by Jamie Lee Curtis called ‘Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day’. This book is great at eliciting character trait vocabulary. We share our connections and brainstorm the different words on a chart.
Planning Bio Poetry
To teach the style and form of bio poetry writing to first graders, I created an anchor chart that we could complete together. We went line by line giving and sharing ideas with our neighbours at the carpet and then orally to the class. I wrote down one idea as an example. This chart is helpful for those students needing the extra support with their writing.
Writing Bio Poetry
Students are given a blank planning sheet to write their own bio poems. They write about themselves at their desks using the template seen below. This template is available for free at the end of the post.
Creating a Bio Poetry Display
Poetry Writing Resources
FREE Bio Poetry Writing Templates
You can grab your own FREE bio poetry templates today by clicking the image below. Bio poetry writing and 12 other styles are included in the poetry writing unit available HERE. It includes posters, poetic terms, planning and creating sheets, many templates, and student poetry notebooks and covers.
The following resources can be easily integrated into the primary classroom and into any language arts curriculum. Each offers a wealth of engaging poems and activities to build a ton of skills and a love of poetry!
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