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Autobiography Poem
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12
Submitted by: Emily D.

The first day of school I tell my students that their first assignment will be to write a poem. I usually hears moans and groans at this point, especially since I teach Math. I say that this will be the easiest poem they have ever written because it will be about themselves. The first line is their first name, the second line is three words that describe themselves, the third line is three things they like, the fourth line is three things they do not like, the fifth line is three movies they have seen (could do books they have read, but movies usually get a better response), the sixth line is three fears they have, the seventh line is three things they like about school, the eighth line is two goals they have, the nine line is a place they would like to visit, and the tenth line is their last name. You could adjust any of these lines to suit your classes. I sometimes have to remind my students to keep it G-rated. I take the poems up and read them, and the next day I have the students guess which poem goes with which person. I read the poems aloud, omitting the first and last lines. I usually give bonus points to the one who gets the most correct.



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