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BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY
Product Description
BIOGRAPHY: NONFICTION NARRATIVE WRITING: BIOGRAPHY INTERACTIVE ORGANIZER
How often have we been inspired by reading about other people’s lives, the major events that contributed to who they became in society and the impact they had on those around them? well, perhaps far too many times to recall. This unit on writing a Biography will not only take your students on a journey of learning and discovery about the lives of prominent individuals who have shaped our society for the better, but also enable them to hone their research skills and in the process adhere to the structural components of writing a Biography.

The 20 QR codes, flipbook, and 7 graphic organizers will serve as effective research and writing tools for scaffolding at every stage of the writing process. If your district does not have access to I-pads to access the QR codes, links are provided to enable students to research their subject. The QR codes are sure to lend great excitement to the activity as students eagerly find the person they have to research and write a biography on. You can download the free QR code reader i-nigma here : http://www.i-nigma.com/downloadi-nigmareader.html

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
A poster providing explanation to the term ‘Biography’.

INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK
2. GRAPHIC ORGANIZER 1 IDENTIFYINGTHE STRUCTURE OF A BIOGRAPHY: 6 shutter flaps that provide scaffolding on adhering to the structure of a Biography. The cover of each flap comprises of questions to guide research.

3. GRAPHIC ORGANIZER 2 IDENTIFYINGTHE STRUCTURE OF A BIOGRAPHY: Three shutter flaps that include key questions that focus on the Introduction, Body, and the Conclusion of a Biography.

4. GRAPHIC ORGANIZER 3 LET THERE BE ORDER: Ten shutter flaps that focus on adhering to the chronological order when writing a biography. Students interview a friend to collect information in sequential order of the events. ‘Girl’ and ‘Boy’ templates included.

5. ORGANIZER 4 JUST FOR LAUGHS: Students imagine they are writing a biography on a famous nursery rhyme character and collect information in a one page organizer.

6. ORGANIZER 5: PICTURE STIMULUS: Choice of 4 pictures. Students select any one picture and imagine the life of their character. They record information to guiding question in the 10 flap organizer and then write out a biography on the chosen character represented in the picture.

BONUS ORGANIZERS:
* Bio Cube Organizer: information on the subject is collected in a cube shape template. This can be suspended as a mobile or stacked on a flat surface in the classroom to form a Bio cube mini wall.

* Timeline Organizers: choice of 10, 12, and 15 events that can each be recorded on a single template.

WHAT ELSE:
* Response sheet for all organizers provided, alternatively, students can section and write in their notebooks.

* Writing templates which students can use to write out their
biographies after referring to information collected in the organizers.

* Self-editing checklist
* Peer-editing checklist
* Teacher Grading Rubric

* 20 QR Code Cards to make the research process exciting. Students use I-pads to access the QR code. This would take them to the website of the subject they have to research. A Teacher QR Code Guide (20 cards) is provided, so you can keep a track of who’s doing what, and perhaps also give specific cards to specific students depending upon their needs. Cards are color coded according to subject category:

RED: Explorers
BLUE: Scientists
GREEN: World Leaders
YELLOW: Women Leaders
PINK: Artists

THE FLIPBOOK
WHAT’S INCLUDED:

* Blackline flipbook templates
* Colored flipbook templates
* Blackline Interactive Notebook templates.
* Lined writing sheets to use information from the organizer and
write a biography.
* Self-editing checklist
* Peer-editing checklist
* Teacher Grading Rubric

** The templates feature focus questions that comprise of the following sections of a Biography.

A. The Writing Prompt: instructions to access the given website and collect information on any one person’s biographical information. A blank template is also included if you would like to write your own writing prompt.

B. The Introduction: Name of subject, time period and place, what the subject is known for and how the subject has made a difference in the lives of others or to society.

C. The Body: key information on the subject’s family, childhood, major achievements, accomplishments, and obstacles.

D. The Conclusion: current place of residence of subject or date, year, and place of death if applicable, importance of subject, contributions to society and important quote.

** The content in the templates are the same for the flipbook and interactive notebook.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE: FLIPBOOK
You can choose either of the three options.

1. Print out the templates in blackline. Cut around each template
and assemble from smallest template to largest template. Have
students color in image and lettering. Staple at the top.

2. Print out the templates on cardstock (different colors). Cut
around each template and assemble. Students may color in
image and lettering. Staple at the top.

3. Print out the colored templates. Cut around each template and
assemble. Staple at the top.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE: INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK
Cut around templates. Assemble smallest to largest. Glue down
largest template (conclusion) in notebook. Paste other
templates at the top tab one above the other from largest to
smallest.

This resource aligns to the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.W.3.2
CCSS.W.4.2
CCSS.W.5.2
CCSS.W.6.2
CCSS.W.7.2
CCSS.W.8.2

THIS PRODUCT IS INCLUDED IN THE BUNDLE:
OPINION/NARRATIVE/BIOGRAPHY COMMON CORE WRITING BUNDLE

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Interested in getting your students to write biographies on 44 American presidents and 32 Black History heroes? They can take their pick from the EDITABLE graphic organizers included in the bundles below. The end product is sure to make an impressive bulletin board display.

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: BIOGRAPHY
BLACK HISTORY: BIOGRAPHY


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Copyright© 2014 Laurane Rae
All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.

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non-fiction narrative | biography | biography writing | information writing | non fiction writing | writing

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