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Life in Letters
If you could read the personal diary of any famous person, living or dead, who would it be? Explore the life of an influential American through primary sources such as letters, books, and speeches. The class compiles a biography of this person focusing on the major issues that shaped his or her public life.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 67 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Genre Lesson: Biography/Autobiography
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.
4th - 6th Language Arts 61 Views 235 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Wizard of Earthsea: Biography
Begin a study of A Wizard of Earthsea by looking closely at biographical information about the author, Ursula K. Le Guin, and previewing the text. Pupils listen to an audio guide and take notes for discussion. Next, the class reads two essays jigsaw style and discusses the relationship between Le Guin's biography and the text.
7th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Their Eyes Were Watching God: Biography
Introduce your unit on Their Eyes Were Watching God with a biography lesson about the author, Zora Neale Hurston. A 16-minute audio track depicts Hurston's contribution to both the literary world and to the Harlem Renaissance, and features several speakers.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Events and Effects
Explore the plot structure in biographies. First, read the biography The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball and identify specific events that possibly changed the life of Jackie Robinson. As you guide your listeners, they record these events on an "events and effects" chart.
4th - 6th Language Arts 25 Views 102 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
1st Language Arts 7 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography.
6th - 8th Language Arts 72 Views 102 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
2nd - 3rd Language Arts 21 Views 32 Downloads
Video Biographies: Alexander the Great
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.
5th - 12th Language Arts 21 Views 74 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Lesson 3: Events and Effects
Class members use the biography Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart, by Patricia Lauber, in order to strengthen their understanding of how events can change a person. While working through the story, pupils will have a chance to see work modeled by the teacher, work together to explore the impact of Earhart's flight, and act like reporters as they describe her first solo flight.
5th Language Arts 11 Views 39 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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?
4th - 10th Social Studies & History 19 Views 202 Downloads
Introducing Biographies - Getting to Know You
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.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 12 Views 67 Downloads
Body Biography: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Class groups assume the identity of one of the primary human characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They create a body biography that identifies the most important traits of their character, translate these traits into visual symbols, and write a portrait that illustrates several expects of the character’s life.
7th Language Arts 7 Views 14 Downloads
A biography writing lesson with a tasty twist! Kids create a "visual biography" in which each pizza slice represents a paragraph, and toppings represent supporting details. They learn research techniques, note-taking skills, and how to write from research.
2nd - 8th Language Arts 31 Views 457 Downloads
Lesson 1: Real People
A biography is a factual book or narrative about a real person. The book, The Story of Ruby Bridges is used to introduce non-fiction texts about real people and event to a Kindergarten class. A chart is used to highlight text features and facts from the story such as, important names, dates, and places.
K Language Arts 16 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Biographies: Reading Strategies and Sequencing
Middle schoolers study the text structure of a biography with this worksheet. They practice comprehension strategies through reading breaks and discussion, and apply comprehension in group work. Use this lesson to compare and contrast the text structure of a biography and another written work.
7th - 8th Language Arts 15 Views 91 Downloads
New Review My Ántonia: Biography
Begin your unit on Willa Cather's My Ántonia with a stellar combination of interviews, essays, and discussion activities designed to develop context around the novel. After listening to the first track of the (attached) audio guide, readers present the three most important points that they have noted from the interviews.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Helen Keller: An Inspiring Life (Biography Mini-Book)
Inspire young readers with this printable biography of Helen Keller. Including a timeline, glossary, and realistic illustrations with supporting captions, this is a great resource for not only teaching children about this amazing American, but for familiarizing them with common features of informational text.
K - 4th Language Arts 24 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Vote for Me, Susan B.
Second and third graders complete a WebQuest to find information about Susan B. Anthony. They write a biography using the information they discover about her and the fight for women's rights. This lesson is packed with excellent worksheets and activities for your learners to utilize.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 9 Views 76 Downloads
Jonas Salk: He Led the Battle Against Polio
Do you know who Jonas Salk is? Print these pages and have your middle and high schoolers read his biography in Time magazine. The reading itself is short, and it is followed with a key date chart, three reading questions, two connection questions, and an opportunity to explore polio.
6th - 10th Language Arts 10 Views 83 Downloads