When I Was Puerto Rican: Biopoem Writing

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High schoolers identify with a character in a creative writing and reading lesson. After completing When I Was Puerto Rican, readers craft a biopoem for one of the characters from Esmeralda Santiago's novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have poets illuminate the borders of the poem with images and symbols that reflect their character
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of resources designed to accompany a reading of When I was Puerto Rican
  • The packet includes a rationale for the activity, step-by-step directions, and a model biopoem
  • There is a typo in the worksheet title
Common Core