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Future Occupation Bio-Poem

This Future Occupation Bio-Poem is a fun writing activity that promotes career exploration, as well as braille literacy skills.

Since Career Education is part of the Expanded Core Curriculum, I am always looking for new things to do as we explore careers.  I recently found this little gem online: Career Development Activity: FUTURE OCCUPATION BIO-POEM.  Bio-poems are a quick and fun writing activity that can help to jump-start the writing process.

The format for the occupational bio-poem is as follows:

  • Line 1 – Write your first name
  • Line 2 – Write your favorite occupation
  • Line 3 – Who can [Write something important you will do in this occupation]
  • Line 4 – Who earns [Write the median salary for this occupation]
  • Line 5 – Who knows how to [Write knowledge necessary for this occupation]
  • Line 6 – Who values [Write the work value(s) related to the occupation]
  • Line 7 – Write your last name

What I love about it is that it includes research, writing, creativity and career exploration!  It helps focus the dream of the future on the possibilities. There are only the positives…a big win for me and for my students!

His poem says:


A fiction author

Who can write silly stories

Who earns $59,000 a year

Who knows how to use creativity in their writing

Who values a working  brailler and an editor


Bio-Poem in braille with print interlining
Bio-Poem in braille with print interlining

We have it hanging in the hallway outside the braille room door. While the student is in the 4th grade, I believe it’s never too early to start looking to our future.  Langston Hughes writes in his poem “Dreams”:

Hold fast to dreams 

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.


Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

I want to teach my students to dream, so they can fly over fields on the wings of hope and make their dreams reality!

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