Write an Autobiographical Poem
I love writing in rhyme, but ask me to write free verse, and you’ll probably get something that sounds forced and contrived. Fortunately for me (and those reading my poems), there are a lot of non-rhyming forms of poetry that have guidelines, making them easier to figure out. One of these is the autobiographical poem. If you have a child who shies away from writing poetry, it’s a good one to start with.
An autobiographical poem is one the child writes about himself. There are no definite rules, but you can give your child some solid guidelines. Have your child follow these steps, line by line:
Line 1: Your First Name
Line 2: Daughter (or son) of __________________________________ (List your parents’ names)
Line 3: Granddaughter (or grandson) of _________________________________ (List your mother’s parents’ names) and ____________________________________________(List your father’s parents’ names.)
Line 4: Sister (or brother) of ______________________________________(List your siblings’ names. If you don’t have a sibling, leave this line off.)
Line 5: Who lives in __________________________________. (Write the name of your city and state)
Line 6: Who enjoys ______________________________. (List 2 or 3 things you like to do)
Line 7: Whose favorite food is _____________________________.
Line 8: Who needs_________________________________________. (List 2 or 3 things you need)
Line 9: Who feels happy when ______________________________________.
Line 10: Who feels sad when________________________________________.
Line 11: Who gives ________________________________________. (list 2 or 3 things you give)
Line 12: Who dreams of _____________________________________. (write down something you dream of doing or becoming)
Line 13: Who would like to see ________________________________________.
Line 14: Your Last Name
This is just one way to write the poem – you can change the lines to suit your child. To make writing even more fun, have every family member write one. Then read them out loud, and see if you learn something new about each other.