This is a set of graphic organizers to use during your biography study. Our class read Rachel Carson: Pioneer of Ecology, but this set of organizers can be used for any complex biographical text.
18 Organizers included in this set:
1.) "Starring_____" - students record basic details of the biography (author, subject, date of birth) and keep track of the achievements of the subject of the biography.
2.) Historical Context (2 organizers) students analyze text evidence to identify the context of the biography and how it impacts the subject of the biography.
3.) Social Strife - students record the response of the subject to any social strife evident in the text (poverty, inequality, homelessness, illiteracy, etc).
4.) Achieving Goals (2 very similar organizers) - students identify the goal of the subject of the biography and track their progress as he or she works to achieve this goal.
5.) Role Models (2 organizers) - students understand how individuals interact by identifying people who support the subject of the text. There are two versions of this organizer. The first has room for three ways one individual supported the subject. The second has space for three individuals who offered support for the subject.
6.) Adversity - students identify individuals (or perhaps societal norms?) that opposed the subject of the biography.
7.) Twitter Profile (2 pages) for students to practice synthesizing information and writing from first person perspective. "Tweets" are excellent practice for only selecting the most important information and summarizing text succinctly.
8.) Influence: students consider the author's note (if applicable) to understand the scope of the influence of the subject of the biography.
9.) Close Reading: Quotations - students select quotations and explain how they support the main idea of the selection.
10.) Organization (4 similar organizers) - students select passages with clear text structure and explain why the author may have chosen that particular structure for that section of the text.
11.) Claims and Evidence - students quote claims made by the author and search for evidence within the text that proves the claim.
I've also included a page with the CCSS alignment and some teaching notes. You can see this page in the free preview available above.
You can also see these organizers in action and download a sample from my blog here: Free Biography Graphic Organizer
Any questions? Please ask!