Posted by: snaed | August 7, 2009

Persona Poem

INFORMATION

ESL Student Level: High Beginner+
Description: A structured 8-line poem, biographical in nature. Adapted from the materials of June B. White, currently at the Fundacion Grace Polit in Quito, Ecuador.

Sample Persona-Poem
Kate…..
tall, energetic, happy, intelligent
mother (daughter, friend, etc.) of Danny
who loves music, books and fresh air
who is afraid of President Bush, spiders and heights
who wants to see Latin America, the end of poverty and summer
resident of this moment
…..Thompson.

WARM-UP ACTIVITIES

Persona-poems make a good in-class writing assignment at the beginning of the term when students are just getting acquainted with each other. Students bring in photos or small momentos, collect pictures from magazines, and/or draw their own pictures of things which are self-representative. This becomes the basis for their poem and follow-up collage.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In small groups or together as a class, look at the example poem about “Kate” and discuss the structure of the eight lines. What parts of speech or groupings of words typify each line?
  2. Using the template (below), students can work alone and write about themselves, or work in pairs and write about their partners.

Sample Analysis of a Persona-Poem
Line 1: Kate = first name/nickname of the person in the poem
Line 2: tall, energetic, happy, intelligent = 4 adjectives which describe the person
Line 3: mother of Danny = X of Y formula, describing an important relationship to the person
Line 4: who loves music, books and fresh air = 3 things s/he loves
Line 5: who is afraid of President Bush, spiders and heights = 3 things that scare her/him
Line 6: who wants to see Latin America, the end of poverty and summer = 3 things s/he wants to see
Line 7: resident of this moment = resident of…+ place/time/concept
Line 8: Thompson. = last name of the person in the poem

TEMPLATE

(justify right, center or left for different effects)

Title of Poem
Author’s Name

_________________ …..(first name/s)
____________, ____________, _____________, ____________
____________ of ____________
who loves ____________, ____________ and ____________
who is afraid of ____________, ____________ and ____________
who wants to see ____________, ____________ and ____________
resident of ____________
….. ________________. (last name)

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES

Students finish their collages, including the poem. Persona-poems make good wall posters and/or a class anthology! This is a great way for students to find out more about their peers and can be used as the starting point for more interesting conversations.

Source: PIZZAZ!…PERSONA-POEMS

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