A relative A mentor Step 2: Choose three people from your list who seem like the best candidates for a biography. Run a quick search on the Internet to see how much information you can easily find about your three candidates. For people in the news and historical figures, visit Yahoo.
Gather students and ask them if anyone knows what the word community means and if they can name a few different types of communities, listing them on the board as they do so. If no one mentions the school or classroom as a community, make sure you add it to the list. Ask them what they think is important for a community to work well, and write this in a separate list.
Ideas might include being kind to each other, helping each other, or celebrating similarities and differences. Explain that you want to make sure that your classroom community works well during the rest of the school year and that a good way to make sure this happens is for everyone to get to know each other, including others' backgrounds, languages, interests, similarities, and differences.
Show students a few biographies from your classroom library and ask them what they know about the biography genre. It is important for students to understand that biographies help us to understand other people including their backgrounds, their lives, their interests, the obstacles they have faced, and the contributions they have made to society.
Ask students to imagine that they are biographers. Ask them what kind of work they might have to do before writing a biography. Explain to students that they will be acting as biographers as they gather information about the lives and interests of their classmates.
Explain that they will be creating a short biography called a Bio-Cube hold up the one you have created in order to gather information about their classmates and that they will be sharing that information with the class. Place the transparency of the Bio-Cube Planning Sheet on the overhead.
Explain that students will use this planner to conduct an interview with another student. Model what kind of questions a student might ask for each section of the planner.
How many people are in your family? Write a question or two under the prompt for support. Ask students to brainstorm possible questions for each section of the planner. Include a question or two under the prompt for each section. This will help students when they conduct their own interviews.
It may be helpful to make a copy of these prompts and questions for each student so that they can use them during the interview see Session 2. Ask for a volunteer to act as an interviewer.
Have the student sit facing you. Discuss and model appropriate eye contact and verbal and nonverbal response. Have the student ask one of the questions you have written on the Bio-Cube Planning Sheet for each section. Provide your own information to each question and have the student interviewer fill in the Information column on the transparency.
Remember to keep the information short and to the point. If you do not have an LCD projector, show students the transparency you have created see Preparation, Step 4. You should model the format you expect from students, which will vary depending on their age and abilities. For instance, you may choose to have them respond to the prompts with bullets or in a narrative format.Classroom biography study offers high-interest reading with a purpose, Students create a graphic organizer (a web) to organize the facts they have found and share what they have learned about their subjects through oral presentations.
use it as an extension to the lesson and have them outline the lives they' researched before writing.
Biography Report Form Template and Organizer. Biography Research Graphic Organizer--good for researching and organizing information about founding fathers and historical figures. How to Write a Biography Report includes tips for researching and writing as well as questions to consider answering when writing a biography report.
Throughout these lessons and graphic organizers, the subject in the biography is referred to as the character. Lesson 1 Begin by helping students understand that there is a different between expository nonfiction and narrative nonfiction. Biographies fall under the category of narrative nonfiction and tell a .
Biography Interview Questions.
In this packet, there are 95 good interview questions designed to spark forgotten memories and help you produce interesting and memorable biographies. Good questions are one of the core elements of a successful biography. Directions: Choose the appropriate number of questions to ask in each section.
Research a famous person and write a biography about that person, using the Biography/Autobiography Graphic Organizer to gather and organize the information. Write an autobiography, using the Biography/Autobiography Graphic Organizer to collect and organize the information.
Ask them some of the questions below (and some of your own). Takes notes so that you can write up a biography from the answers.
What mischievous prank did you pull on someone and how did it affect you? Writing a Bio-poem The World According To Your Child Pathways to the Past Biography Scrapbook Project.