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Fourth graders explore the genre of biographies. In this biographies instructional activity, 4th graders gain knowledge of the importance of biographies and what information they give us. Students brainstorm historical figures they want to know more about and carry out a discussion about these people.
Young scholars study biographies as a nonfiction genre while examining a variety of examples. Next, they access and complete an online tutorial about biographies. They choose one person that interests them to conduct further research using a graphic organizer, and finally, they write a biographic report.
Fourth graders illustrate their biographies that they have written. In this visual arts lesson plan, 4th graders use artistic materials to draw illustrations that represent the text in their biographies. Students view examples and are encouraged to illustrate the setting and characters.
Here is a presentation that focuses on the books found in the 921s of the Dewey Decimal system: biographies! After being coached on how to find this type of books, sample books are shown about famous people like Betsy Ross, Abe Lincoln, and Christopher Columbus. Learners must match up their books with the correct Dewey Decimal designation. A good PowerPoint!
Sixth graders work with the library media specialist as they listen to biography booktalks. They choose a biography and conduct further research on the subject of the biography. Finally, they prepare a videotape on the life of the person which they present to the class.
In this biography lesson, youngsters discuss biographies and watch videos about biographies. They write interview questions and interview their grandparents. Students write the biographies and complete the related worksheet.
Students discuss the information presented in biographies. After reading one of their choice, they identify three important events from the person's life. They must choose three artifacts that accompany the events while it is being presented to the class.
Young scholars investigate stories in their hometown. They do in-person research and develop "living biographies" about people in their own communities. They review the proper etiquette for contacting the biographical person.
Who was Alexander The Great? How did Abraham Lincoln’s early life influence his political life? Learners select a historical figure to use for video biography. After developing research questions and collecting information, pupils search for images, and then formulate a screenplay for their video biography. A clever idea, but the project would need a great deal of scaffolding, especially for elementary learners.
Students read a biography and discuss what defines a biography. Students choose a biography of their own interest to read and write a report about one of the people in the biography. Reports are shared with classmates.
Is it a biography or an autobiography? Kids discover point of view as they listen to you tell a story about yourself (first person) and then hear two volunteers retell the story: one to you (second person) and one to them (third person). They apply these concepts, comparing and contrasting biographies and autobiographies. Use the lecture notes to explain prefixes in each word and context strategies to define a passage as one of the two genres. There are two short passage examples you can use. Do one together, asking kids to point out clue words that helped them identify the genre. As an added extension, find a reading packet for The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball; kids begin by deciding the genre and can continue completing the packet as they read.
Fourth graders investigate a person's life through primary resources. In this American biography lesson plan, 4th graders look at historical sources to discover things about a person and the time period he/she lived. They build a story about this individual and how their actions changed the community. 
Examine the lives of people who have made a significant contribution to society. The concept of biography is discussed with the class; they identify important actions, and read passages about Sacagawea and Benjamin Franklin. They write to explain how each of these people made contributions to American society. 
Transform a written biography into a video biography! Introduce your learners to the biography format by reading them a few examples (some suggestions are included). Then discuss the factors that make a good biography. What information do you need to know about someone's life to write a strong biography? Finally, have them choose someone to research. After they research the life of their historical figure, have them transform their biography into a video biography!
Second graders investigate the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart. They read and discuss a biography of Amelia Earhart, complete a Venn diagram, and conduct an interview with a classmate and write and publish a biography of their classmate.
Students explore several different types of biographies to determine their area of interest, choose one notable person they would like to explore, complete online tutorial on biographies, and use written and Internet resources to research one person.
Students investigate an important figure of history by reading biographies.  In this historical figure lesson, students discover the literary genre of biographies and read several different types to expand their ideas about a historical figure.  Students choose a figure from history and research that person through books and the Internet to create a report.
Third graders investigate the biography genre by chose a book to investigate for chronological order, photos, and table of contents. They use a digital picture of themselves as the starting point for creating a PowerPoint biography of themselves. They work in small groups to discuss their biography subjects and to create a product which highlights the biographical information. They chose a historical role play, a newspaper or a book jacket to create.
Third graders explore the stories of real lives by creating poster presentations. In this biography form lesson, 3rd graders read short biographies of George Washington Carver, Mother Theresa and Sandra Day O'Connor while identifying the characteristics of these stories. Students create a graphic organizer and a poster based on one topic related to the person of their choice, which they present to class.
Students read a biography, then research the person on the Internet.

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