How-To Teach Biography Poetry to Kids
Why teach poetry writing to kids?
Introduction to Bio Poetry Writing for Kids
Before diving into teaching a specific style of poetry writing, I like to share poems from my favorite children’s poetry. I have collections of poetry on display from the authors Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Denis Lee, and many more. My absolute favorite children’s poem of all time is Alligator Pie. I learned it as a young girl and taught it to my class each year.
To start our bio poetry writing lesson, I read a book by Jamie Lee Curtis called ‘Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day.’ This book is excellent 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 for kids, I created an anchor chart that we could complete together. We went line by line, giving and sharing ideas with our neighbors on the carpet and then orally to the class. I wrote down one idea as an example. This chart is helpful for those students needing extra support with their writing.
Bio Poetry Writing for Kids
Students get a blank planning sheet to write their 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 for Kids Resources
Try the 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 any language arts curriculum. Each offers a wealth of engaging poems and activities to build a ton of skills and a love of poetry!
Watch the video to see the poetry writing unit in action!
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