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Bio-Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Bio poems are unique ways to get your students thinking about historical figures or characters in fiction. This lesson plan will introduce your students to this format and help them write their own bio poems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define a bio poem
  • Follow the format of the bio poem in their own writing
  • Critically discuss the merits of a bio poem in relation to a more formal biography

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • A list of historical figures or characters from a novel your class is reading

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