Introductory Activity in my ESL Classroom – Biopoem and Google Docs

Introductory Activity in my ESL Classroom

Biopoem and Google Docs

Writing a Biopoem is a great introductory activity in an ESL classroom. Students write a poem about themselves that uses simple vocabulary. Even beginning students can participate in this activity and you can display it in the classroom as a sample of student work.

In my class, students write their final draft of the poem on Google Docs. Google Docs automatically saves their work and ensures that it is shared with the teacher. They can add images to represent themselves and be creative with fonts and colors.

Here is the outline of the poem that I use in my class (reference is unknown):

HOW TO CREATE A BIO-POEM

LINE 1 – YOUR FIRST NAME

LINE 2 – FOUR TRAITS THAT DESCRIBE YOU

LINE 3 – SON/DAUGHTER OF

LINE 4 – BROTHER OR SISTER OF

LINE 5 – LOVER OF (3 THINGS, IDEAS, ACTIVITIES OR PEOPLE)

LINE 6 – WHO FEELS (3 THINGS)

LINE 7 – WHO NEEDS (3 THINGS)

LINE 8 – WHO GIVES (3 THINGS)

LINE 9 – WHO FEARS (3 THINGS)

LINE 10 – WHO WOULD LIKE TO  (3 THINGS)

LINE 11 – BORN IN ______________

LINE 12 – LIVED IN ______________

LINE 13 – BIRTHDAY

LINE 14 – YOUR LAST NAME

Here are some examples of biopoems that my students created in their class. After you print a hard copy, students can draw pictures, glue different objects and get even more creative!

Simon's biopoem HeeBin's Poem An's biopoem

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