Introduction: I am not a poet, not even close. This assignment has worried me all semester. Then, I
read about bio-poems. I can do that, I thought. Even this was hard, but this is who I am...a tired grateful overworked
happy mother anxiously awaiting her husband's return from Iraq.
Poetry Extension: This can be used with any grade but I think it would be most interesting with teenagers.
Explain what a bio-poem is, read several examples, then give them free time to work on their own. I have found that providing
snacks to teens can improve their creativity. Schedule the time, provide the food, when they're finished ask if they would
like their poem included in your class poetry book. A class poetry book can be created each schoolyear like a scrapbook, include
the poems (with credits) that the teens are willing to give you. Keep the books in your classroom from year to year. You will
be surprised at how many teens stop back to visit and peruse the books.