Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bio Poems for President's Day

Fun Writing Activity and Freebie!

President's Day will be celebrated soon, and having your students write Bio Poems would be a wonderful activity to celebrate this special day!

Even though my Bio Poems Made Easy lesson was originally designed for students to write bio poems about themselves, it can easily be adapted and used as an alternative to the traditional "research and write a report" assignment.

To begin this President's Day research activity, write the names of well-known presidents on slips of paper and ask each student to draw out a name. Then have them use both print and online resources to research information about that president according to the eight categories on the Bio Poem Planning form for presidents or leaders shown above (page 8 in the packet).

In order to complete the graphic organizer, students will have to gather information and then analyze what they've learned to decide where to write their facts. They'll be looking for what the president....
  • dreamed of
  • said (famous quotes)
  • was determined to do
  • refused to do
  • how he made a difference
  • what he's remembered for

Completing the graphic organizer might be a bit of a challenge for some kids, so you may want to let your students work in partners. They can each conduct their own research and then collaborate to complete the form and write the poem. After students complete their poems, they can also create "word clouds" to display with their poetry. Be sure to allow time for students to share with the class!

Bio Poems Made Easy Freebie
You can download this freebie from my Poetry Page on Teaching Resources or from my store. I hope you enjoy it!

To find more February Freebies, be sure to visit my February Freebies Link Up! Over 2 dozen freebies are linked up and more are being added each day!


  1. I love your resources Laura! I'm so glad that I just found your blog :)

    Kaleigh's Klassroom

  2. Thank you so much for all these great resources! I am a teacher in training and look forward to implementing these ideas in my own classroom soon.


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