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Poetry Break #25: An Original Poem by Mrs. Mann


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Introduction: I wrote this poem after reading "Through My Eyes" by Ruby Bridges. This is my first experience with writing a bio-poem and I loved it. It would be fun to share this poem with your class after reading "Through My Eyes" by Ruby Bridges. Bio-poems can be a fun way to learn about important people in history.

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Nell

Segregated, humiliated, dads brave little girl, alone.

Child of Abon and Lucille.

Lover of Mrs. Henry, Mr. Coles and equality.

Who feels frightened, courageous and forgiving.

Who fears hatred, violence and persecution.

Who would like to live, love and learn.

Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.


Written by Andrea Mann
(December, 2001)

Extension: After reading this poem to your students, have them choose an important person in history for the focus of a bio-poem they can write. (Find the exact description of a bio-poem by clicking the link below.) Post the bio-poems your students generate on a bulletin board for everyone to see, they are sure to be fascinating.

Bio-poems on Inki and Taz's Poetry Corner