Biography Informational Text Research Project for Grades 3-6: CCSS Aligned

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Here is everything you need to engage your students with the Common Core Informational Text Standards. This Non-Fiction Biography Reading and Research Project fosters close reading, critical thinking, and analysis. Printable graphic organizers help students understand text features and the variety of text structures associated with the biography genre. It takes students through the process of research using more than one source and gives them opportunities to compare and organize their findings. Students also delve into character traits and the specific vocabulary found in reading biographies and researching a famous person. This resource offers a choice of graphic organizers with different levels of ability. Students then demonstrate their knowledge when creating a time line and oral presentation (Living Museum Style) project as culminating activities.

GREAT RESOURCE FOR A PRESIDENTS' DAY PROJECT

PLEASE CLICK ON THE PREVIEW TO SEE A TABLE OF CONTENTS AND SAMPLE OF GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

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5 pages of Lesson Plans and Teacher Tips (This Unit of Study is for about a month of instruction, reading, researching, and creating that leads to a couple of culminating activities of your choice to celebrate completion. However the unit can be shortened easily).

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDS

* 20 Essential Question Posters with a Famous Person (1 to a page) in color
* The same 20 Essential Question Posters (1 to a page) in black & white
* 2 blank Essential Question Posters ( 1 color and 1 black & white) for your own questions
* 27 Skill Definition Mini Posters (2 to a page) many with colored pictures, but can also be printed in black & white
* 7 Biography Specific Vocabulary Definition Mini Posters (3 to a page) with definition only.
* 1 blank (3 to a page) mini poster for teacher use
* 1 page of suggested kid friendly Biography Websites (just click)
* 1 page of suggested Biography Series in 3 levels

READING AND RESEARCH

* 4 BEFORE Reading and Research Graphic Organizers
* Letter to Parents
* 12 DURING Reading and Research Graphic Organizers
* 7 AFTER Reading and Research Graphic Organizers
* 2 pages of Lists of possible Biography Character Traits
* 2 Character Trait Graphic Organizers to go with the Traits list
* 3 Key Word Vocabulary Graphic Organizers

TIME LINE NOTES and CONSTRUCTION

* 2 pages for Time Line Note-Taking
* 2 Time Line Graphic Organizers (1 horizontal line and 1 vertical)
* 2 pages with 8 different directions to make a Creative Time Line without an organizer
* Directions and Grading RUBRIC for the Time Line

PRESENTATION: (Living Museum) BIOGRAPHY SPEECH

* 1 page of sample student pictures for costume/prop ideas with a couple of websites
* 1 color poster “SPEAKING GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTATION)
* Same poster as above in black & white
* 1 Prop (Visual Aid) Planning Graphic Organizer
* Directions and Grading RUBRIC for Presentation
* 1 Student Direction Sheet for Writing their Speech ( See Teacher Tips for a website that helps students write a biography speech)
* 2 pages of a sample speech - task card style (I model with Pocahontas books and research)

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1 Month

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Biography Informational Text Research Project for Grades 3
Biography Informational Text Research Project for Grades 3
Biography Informational Text Research Project for Grades 3
Biography Informational Text Research Project for Grades 3
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