Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Personification Poetry Of Cell Organelles (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: Independent Practice - Process of Personification Poetry


I have the tendency to personify EVERYTHING in Biology in an effort to support my students comprehension of the curriculum.  Students are able to relate to these descriptions and are able to find real life situations that compare to the content we are studying when I personify the curriculum to bring it to life.

The drawback is that I feel some students actually believe that cell organelles have higher order thinking skills to carry out their cellular functions.  I find myself reminding my students that very few teachers use this strategy and that there are NO living personified beings in our bodies like in the movie, "Osmosis Jones".  

So that is my question, "To personify or not to personify?"  I believe that the strategy of personification can assist some students in their understanding of the content, but it may confuse the other portion of the class.  My answer is differentiation and use personification when it has the biggest impact to drive home the main idea of the lesson.  

Have fun bringing your curriculum to life!

  To Personify Or Not To Personify - That Is The Question!
  Staircase of Complexity: To Personify Or Not To Personify - That Is The Question!
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Personification Poetry Of Cell Organelles (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 5: Cell Biology - An Out Of This Cell Experience
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT describe the structure and function of cell organelles through the creation of their personification poem.

Big Idea: The mitochondria might jump out of the textbook as your students will bring their organelle to life through their creative writing and mastery of the structure and function of the cell's inner-workings.

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, cell membrane transport, cells, Creative Writing, organelles, personification, models, cell model, microscope
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