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!

71 comments:

  1. 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

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

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

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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

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  5. I would love to have a copy.

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

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  6. 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.

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

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

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  9. Would love frame! Thanks! Mbeaulieumcbride@gmail.con

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

    tjfox812002@yahoo.com

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

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

    Casey

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

    keepingupwithclass.blogspot.com

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  14. 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!

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  15. Could you email the templates? Thank You!

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  16. Could I pretty please have copy of the biopoem frame?

    danielle@sllis.org

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

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

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

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

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

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  22. This is so neat and will be used for our Black History Month bio poem. I would love a copy!
    hannahbethea@hotmail.com

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  23. I would love to have a copy. The charater traits sheet will definitely help them to think more clearly.
    lashandralyn@yahoo.com

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

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  26. 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

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

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  28. 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

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

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

    beetorres14@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    aesmithmk@gmail.com

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

    aesmithmk@gmail.com

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  44. 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

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

    pqualls@usd404.org

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

    ganiers@hpisd.org

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

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  48. 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

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

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

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  51. I would love a copy!

    kelly.baas@cadillac.k12.mi.us

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  52. Please send me a copy! marcyc4@msn.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  60. 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!

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

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

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

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  64. Can I please have this information?
    tsauerland@effingham.k12.ga.us

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  65. Please send me a copy of this information on Bio Poems. Thanks for sharing!

    sstalboerger@goshen1.org

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  66. Would love a copy. Thank you
    allisonschnoor (at) yahoo (dot) come

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  67. I would like a copy of the bio poem. This would fit perfectly with our character traits standard we're teaching in third grade. Thank you! Krynties@gmail.com

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  68. I would love a copy of the bio poem as well please. You have great ideas! Thank you for sharing!!
    kcheline@immaculate-conception.net

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  69. I would love a copy, would love to start it tomorrow with my 3rd graders. Thank you.

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