Based on researched information, participants write a bio-poem about a philanthropist.
- Research information on the public lives and work of a chosen philanthropist.
- Write a bio-poem highlighting their life.
- copies of Bio-Poem handout below
Read aloud a sample bio-poem and ask the listeners to reflect on what they learned about the person from the poem.
Intelligent, determined, patient, charismatic
Brother of freedom fighters
worldwide Lover of learning, equality, freedom, peace,
Who feels pride, sadness, joy, dignity
Who fears prison, rioting, injustice
Who would like to see world peace, understanding, harmony
Resident of South Africa
Distribute Bio-Poem Guide (handout) to guide the writing of a bio-poem about the philanthropist they chose in lesson one. They may need to do further research and reading about the philanthropist.
Use the writing process, including peer editing and proofing to bring bio-poems to final form.
Allow time for participants to share their poems aloud or displayed in a public area.
Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
Standard PCS 06. Philanthropy in History
Benchmark HS.2 Give an example of individual philanthropic action that influenced national or world history.
Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
Benchmark HS.10 Identify reasons why historic figures acted for the common good.
Benchmark HS.4 Cite historical examples of citizen actions that affected the common good.