Biography Informational Text Research Project for Grades 3-6: Print and Digital

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3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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Here is everything you need to engage your students with Informational Text (non-fiction) Standards. This INTEGRATED Biography Reading and Research Project fosters CLOSE READING, CRITICAL THINKING, ANALYSIS, WRITING, and SPEAKING. Lots of examples, instructional materials, resources, and ways to model expectations to help you and your students be successful. Give your students choices or use it for Black History Month, Women's History Month, President's Day, Inventors, Science, or any other specific theme.

This unit of study can be individualized with lots of choices to DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION. Students will learn how to read and take notes without copying right from the text.

Printable graphic organizers help students UNDERSTAND TEXT FEATURES AND TEXT STRUCTURES associated with the biography genre and adds to accountability. 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.

Knowledge is used to create a TIME LINE and ORAL PRESENTATION (Living Museum Style) project as culminating activities to CELEBRATE their accomplishment. Comparing Pocahontas biographies are used as examples to help you when using the graphic organizers and other materials

Please take a look at the PREVIEW to see the TABLE OF CONTENTS and the list below for more details on what this resource contains and the COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS it covers.

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Many of the printables come with a choice of COLOR or BLACK and WHITE.

I have used this Unit of Study for years and found that my students have a LOT OF FUN LEARNING and seem to be sorry when it comes to an end.

Download the preview to see the full list of skills included and some sample pages.



This Unit of Study is designed for about a month that includes, reading, researching, writing, and speaking, but can easily be shortened to meet your needs.

Lesson plans include how to connect students with a book at their level and a person they would be interested in researching.

Students will focus on the person’s early life, Important events, influences (cause and effect), character analysis (character traits with text evidence), goals and challenges, accomplishments, specific vocabulary, and key words.

Students will learn to draw conclusions and make inferences such as the time period their famous person lived in.

Students will also learn to compare text structures as well as integrate and compare text sources.

Students will have opportunities to write about their own opinions and make connections.


  • 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
  • 22 Skill Definition Mini Posters for Reading, Writing, and Speaking (2 to a page) many with colored pictures. Can also be printed in black & white (gray tones).
  • 8 TEXT FEATURE posters in color or printed in gray tones. Use for WORD WALL
  • 7 Biography Specific Vocabulary Definition Mini Posters (3 to a page) with definition only. Use for WORD WALL
  • 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


(All graphic organizers have detailed instructions which help teachers as well as students.)

  • Letters to Parents about project (English and Spanish versions)
  • Invitation to Parents to come to Living Museum Presentation (English and Spanish versions)
  • Teacher Organizer - List of Students and the Famous Person they will research.
  • 4 BEFORE Reading and Research Graphic Organizers
  • 12 DURING Reading and Research Graphic Organizers
  • 7 AFTER Reading and Research Graphic Organizers
  • 2 Lists of possible Biography Character Traits
  • 2 Character Trait Graphic Organizers to go with the Traits list
  • 3 Key Word Vocabulary Graphic Organizers


  • 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


  • 2 pages of sample student pictures for costume ideas with a couple of websites
  • 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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Total Pages
146 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


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