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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Character Trait BioPoem for Famous Americans


We've been working on expanding vocabulary all year long. Recently we've been working on character trait words. This fit in nicely with our unit on Famous Americans and Biographies. I gave all my students two pages of character trait words. (See below..found on Pinterest) We've been through this list several times so far. Each time we highlight a few more words and write a "KID FRIENDLY" definition or
synonym beside it. These are staying in our writing folders. We use this bank of words to write reading responses, character descriptions, or more recently for our BioPoems.
The BioPoem is a patterned, nonrhyming poem that is based on a person's life. Having students write a poem versus a full page paper focuses their attention on the person's most important points.  Here is the frame I created for my students to use for their writing. 
Through this lesson I got in: vocabulary expansion, parts of speech , social studies content, editing practice, research skills, main idea....the list could go on and on. 
Students applied the meanings of the character description words as they created these poems.
George Washington looks like he means business! 
This project was also a great review of all the people they need to know before leaving third grade.
Can you guess from the pictures who these two are?
Students created illustrations of the person they wrote about to accompany their writing.
Explorer Christopher Newport looks like he's been at sea too long! (:
It's always a good thing when I can tie language arts in with my content studies. A great way to maximize my time.
 Here they are:  Our parade of Famous Americans.
Let me know if you are interested in the BioPoem Frame and I'll send it your way!

64 comments:

Julie said...

A bio poem would fit beautifully with what we are working on! I would love a copy of the frame :) Thanks for offering!
Julie
Light A Fire in Third
Bourke.Julie@gmail.com

Cheesecakegal said...

I am definitely interested! I love your work! Thanks for sharing! mgibson40@gmail.com

Suzy Q said...

I'd love the frame, too! Thank you for your kind offer to share.

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Minicoops said...

I would love the frame.....macbetty123@comcast.net

ckean said...

I would love to have a copy.

Thanks,
Colleen
ckean@ces.accomack.k12.va.us

L said...

I too would also like a copy of your frame. This would be great to use with my students as the subjects and their peers writing about them.

Redhot teacher said...

I would love a copy of your frame. bogelfamily@juno.com Thanks!!

Kim Hollis said...

Please send me a copy!! Thanks so much!!! kim.hollis@cmcss.net

Michelle Beaulieu said...

Would love frame! Thanks! Mbeaulieumcbride@gmail.con

the gardener said...

I absolutely love it. Please send the frame my way. Thanks!

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Anne said...

I am definitely interested! You do great work! Thanks for sharing! a_k_utstrand@yahoo.com

Casey & Matt said...

I would love the bio poem frame. creimer@conejousd.org Thank you.

Casey

Stephanie said...

I would also love the bio poem frame. This is a cute cute activity. I absolutely love it!
Stephanie Jones
smjones@roaneschools.com

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tw said...

I am very interested in the biopoem frame, I think this is a great character trait/language activity! Could you please email it to me? Leagan4@live.com. Thanks!

Mrs. Allen said...

Could you email the templates? Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Could I pretty please have copy of the biopoem frame?

danielle@sllis.org

Anonymous said...

Please send me the templates. wwilliams@screven.k12.ga.us

Anonymous said...

Can you send me the template for the bio poem? Thank you destine5@live.com

MrsDaley said...

I would love a copy of the bio template. I love it! lexi1402@yahoo.com

Summer said...

Could I also get a copy of the bio template? summer.rhodes@greene.k12.ga.us

Jana said...

I would love a copy of your bio poem. Thanks so much! janaesf@yahoo.com

Hannah Bethea said...

This is so neat and will be used for our Black History Month bio poem. I would love a copy!
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LaShandralyn Harrison said...

I would love to have a copy. The charater traits sheet will definitely help them to think more clearly.
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Elie said...

I purchased your bio kit using paper bags for famous Americans. I would love a copy of the bio poem if you are still offering?
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Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog! I would love to have a copy of the bio poem. Thank you!
debraphardison@aol,com

Miss V said...

This is great! I love the idea of using the bio poem for Black History Month. If you're still offering I would love a copy of the frame. Thank you! casievanderlind@gmail.com

loralyn said...

Please send copy of bio poem frame my way. Thanks for sharing!
loralyneckstrom@gmail.com

Jenny's Personal Blog Spot said...

If you still have a template of your bio poem, would you be willing to send me a copy. It will fit in perfectly with our wax museum. Thank you,
Jenny Day
jenny.day@daviess.kyschools.us

sandialba said...

I would love a copy of the bio poem template.
Sandi
sandialba@verizon.net

Becky said...

I would love a copy if you are still sending them out!

beetorres14@gmail.com

ummUkashah said...

I would like a copy please. Thanks for shaRing. Thank you!

Mackay said...

I would like a copy please and thanks!
brenda.mackay@publicboard.ca

Amy said...

I would love a copy
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Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the biopoem. What a wonderful idea! tfreeman@oconee.k12.sc.us

kkrollo said...

I would love a copy...
kayashopping@gmail.com
Thanks!

Jeannette Aguilar said...

I would love a copy.
Jeann830@yahoo.com
Thank you!
Evelyn

Anonymous said...

i wish i was in your class! oh wait. i am ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

SalParadise said...

I would love to have a copy of the poem frame. Thanks!
wendy1963@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of frame. melanie_cravey@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of your bio poem template! My email is drivasm@rlasd.net
Thank you so much!!!

P. Lafferty said...

I would truly appreciate a copy of your bio poem template. My email is UofNDMom@aol.com
Thanks so so so much!!!!

Ashley Smith said...

May I please have a copy of your bio poem template? Thanks so much for this super cute idea!

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Ashley Smith said...

May I please have a copy of your bio poem template? Thanks so much for this super cute idea!

aesmithmk@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fabulous! Would you mind sharing your bio poem template? Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea! My students are going to love it!

nc_compton@nc.rr.com

Pam Qualls said...

I would love a copy of this activity please. Thank you!

pqualls@usd404.org

Sarah Ganier said...

This is as great learning activity! Would you mind to please share the template with me?

ganiers@hpisd.org

Tammy Weatherford said...

I would love a copy! Thanks!
tammy.weatherford93@gmail.com

5HY said...

Hi would you mind sending me a copy too? Thank you so much that will make a great end to y biography unit next week. cafetalay@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of your template! This will be a great review activity for the big test. Thanks :)
melissa.dunn@cobbk12.org

Jeff Andry said...

Please send me a copy of the frame evillard89@gmail.com

Kelly Baas said...

I would love a copy!

kelly.baas@cadillac.k12.mi.us

Anonymous said...

Please send me a copy! marcyc4@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I would like a copy please! :) Suzanne.kaslon@region16.net

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Could I also have a copy? cory.klass@peelsb.com

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea! I'd like to see if you coukd send me a copy...yazpooh@yahoo.com.thank you

Jesse Richter said...

What a great idea! Could you send me a copy? jessejrichter@gmail.com Thanks!!! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Could you send me a copy? Thanks. peachyandwendy@aol.com

Katie Ernst said...

Yes, please send me the form.

Loving third grade said...

What a great idea! Please send me a copy of the template. Thanks!

Unknown said...

I would love a copy! My email is staneka@ltisdschools.org Thank you so much!

Virginia Strong said...

This will be great to review our 9 famous Americans! I would love a copy of the biopoem at virginia_strong@yahoo.com Thanks for sharing your resources!

Kayla Hamilton said...

I would love a copy of the poem!
Thank you for sharing.
Kmconro@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a copy of this, please! acmartin29@yahoo.com

Amy Wilken said...

I would LOVE a copy of this! Thank you so much for sharing!
awilken@akron-westfield.com

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